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April 30, 2010

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina assistant golf coach Michael Burcin was one of 10 coaches from around the country named a semifinalist for the Jan Strickland Award, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced this week.

Burcin is in his sixth season as an assistant coach for the Gamecocks, working primarily with the men’s team this year. In addition to day-to-day coaching duties, Burcin serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator as well as monitoring the strength and conditioning program for both the men’s and women’s teams.

He has been a finalist for this award in each of the last two seasons. This year, he joins Josh Brewer (Southern Cal), Jordan Byrd (Clemson), Garrett Clegg (Washington), Corey Maggard (Transylvania), Chris Malloy (Florida State), Marty McCauley (Texas Tech) Lloyd McIntyre (Hastings), Shane Warren (LSU) and Chris Whitten (Michigan) as semifinalists.

The Strickland Award is presented to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA or NJCAA assistant coach that, among other things, has excelled in working with their student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom. Finalists for the Strickland Award will be named on May 12 with the recipient announced June 1.