Chris Greenwood was hired as the first-ever full-time Saint Leo University Head Men's Golf coach in June of 2013.
In three seasons at the helm of the men’s golf program at Saint Leo, Chris Greenwood led the Lions to back-to-back NCAA team appearances and to the school’s first-ever national championship title in May 2016. The Lions defeated Chico State 3-2 in the national championship medal/match play final on May 20 to cap off their stellar performance in Denver, Colorado.
While at the NCAA championships, Greenwood directed the group to a record-setting performance on the course, setting the NCAA team records for low round 36 holes, to 551 (25 under), and low round 54 holes, to 838 (26 under). Greenwood saw Hugo Bernard crowned as the school’s first-ever national champion (individual or team) on his way to setting the individual low 36 hole score (131, 13 under) and the 54 hole record (203, 13 under).
Greenwood was named the Dave Williams Division II National Coach of the Year following the championship run in 2015-16. He saw the squad earn Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic Team honors as well as three PING All-American Honors, three Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholars, one CoSIDA Academic All-American and one golfer named the Freshmen of the Year while appearing on the All-Freshman team.
Under his direction over the course of the year, Greenwood’s team won three tournaments and posted 10 top-5 finishes in 12 tournaments.
In 2014, Greenwood’s second year leading the Green and Golf, the team found their way to the NCAA championships but came up short to Lynn, to finish as National Semifinalist. Saint Leo finished third in stroke play at the NCAA National Championships before defeating Simon Fraser 3.5-1.5 in the quarterfinals of medal/match play. In his second straight appearance to the NCAA championships, Ryan Gendron led the charge and placed third in the stroke play, with a 209 (-4).
The Lions took home sixth place at the Sunshine State Conference championships and finished in the top-10 at nine of their 11 events on the year, with one team victory.
In what opponents thought would be a rebuilding year for Greenwood in his first season as Head Coach for the Lions in 2013, the Saint Leo men’s golf program saw great success. In addition to seven regular season top-10 team tournament finishes, the squad also boasted ten top-10 individual tournament finishes. After the Lions propelled themselves to a second place finish at the Sunshine State Conference Championships, the squad received their first-ever NCAA South/Southeast Region Tournament bid, where the Lions finished ninth. The performance, however, earned freshman Ryan Gendron a trip to the NCAA DII National Championships, where the rookie finished tied for 24th. In addition to team and individual success, the Lions earned several awards at the conclusion of the season, including one Mickelson All-Freshman Team Selection, one PING All-South Region Team Selection, and one SSC Golfer of the Week award.
Prior to working with the green and gold, Greenwood served as the Director of Golf at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for one year. Under his guidance at UALR, the Trojans claimed one Sun Belt All-Conference Selection while also earning the highest GPA of UALR men’s sports programs. Two of Greenwood's players earned Academic All-American honors.
Before his stint with the Trojans, Greenwood served as the head men’s golf coach at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. for seven seasons, where he led the Fighting Knights to 16 tournament titles, extended Lynn's streak of consecutive NCAA appearances to 10, and reached the NCAA Division II Men's Golf National Tournament four times (2006 and 2009-11).
A two-time Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year (2006 and 2008), Greenwood coached 15 All-America selections and 12 Academic All-Americans in his seven years at Lynn, as well as 2 Academic All-Americans during his time at UALR. During his first year with the program, Greenwood picked up his first SSC Coach of the Year award after guiding the Fighting Knights to a Sunshine State Conference title and leading the team to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championship.
Before entering the realm of collegiate coaching, Greenwood played for 12 years on the Canadian Golf Tour, where he recorded six victories as a professional, multiple top-ten finishes and set a tournament record by finishing the Eagle Creek Classic at 22-under par. He has also played on the PGA Tour, Nationwide, Tight Lies, Nike, South African PGA, Australasia PGA and the Dakotas tour.
While competing on the Canadian Tour, Greenwood served as the United States Players Representative on the Board of Directors, and the Canadian Tour representative to Srixon, ensuring all players utilize the proper equipment at each event.
A member of the North Carolina State University golf team from 1990-92, Greenwood notched one tournament victory as a collegiate athlete at Duke University's John Ryan Memorial. Upon graduating from North Carolina State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in general communications with a concentration in public relations, he joined the Wolfpack as an assistant men’s golf coach. Prior to NC State, Greenwood attended Virginia Tech where he was an All-Conference selection as a freshman.
The Valdese, N.C. native is the first-ever full-time head men’s golf coach at Saint Leo. He is married to Nancy Greenwood. The couple has two daughters, Savannah and Mackenzie, and one son, Daniel.