OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City University men's golf coach Kyle Blaser has been selected for induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2012-13.
Blaser has directed OCU to eight national championships, 11 regional championships and 15 Sooner Athletic Conference titles in 16 years.
With the Stars, Blaser has produced four NAIA individual champions, four NAIA national players of the year, 58 all-Americans, two Phil Mickelson award winners as NAIA freshman of the year, 21 NAIA scholar-athlete award winners, five CoSIDA academic all-Americans, six NAIA Region VI champions and players of the year, and nine SAC individual champions and players of the year.
In 2010, Blaser was an inductee into the Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Blaser will be among 13 individuals joining the NAIA Hall of Fame this year - including former OCU baseball player Ted Ledbetter.
Blaser has made history guiding the OCU men's golf team. On May 25, Blaser led the Stars to their eighth NAIA championship, prevailing by three strokes over defending champion Oklahoma Christian at TPC Deere Run in Salem, Ore. Blaser has won more NAIA men's golf championships than any coach (eight). He has been the NAIA national coach of the year seven times, also the most ever by anyone.
"I have known Kyle for 20 years, and during that time, I have been amazed at his incredible success and the consistency with which his teams have performed," Oklahoma State coach Mike McGraw wrote about Blaser in a letter of recommendation for the NAIA Hall of Fame. "Kyle has done an amazing job of recruiting many players who would play for almost any Division I golf team in the country. Not only does he attract that type of talent to Oklahoma City, but he also does an exemplary job of coaching job once they arrive. He makes them better."
The 2011-12 season proved to be a banner year for OCU men's golf. The Stars captured four victories in 12 events, winning the SAC Championships by 29 strokes over then-No. 1 Oklahoma Christian. The Stars added playoff wins in the Texas Intercollegiate and Louisiana-Monroe Wallace Jones Invitational among seven top-five finishes. OCU ended the season with the No. 1 ranking. OCU has 79 wins in 177 tournaments under Blaser.
Blaser has served as an NAIA men's golf coaches committee officer, SAC committee chair and national ranker.
Since arriving at Oklahoma City in December 1997, Blaser has guided the Stars to 13 top-10 finishes in the NAIA Championships.
OCU started its women's program in 2000-01, and the Stars immediately became a powerhouse under Blaser's guidance. OCU finished as NAIA runner-up and captured nine tournament titles, including the NAIA Region VI and SAC championships. Two women's golfers became all-Americans.
Blaser coached at Jenks High School (Okla.) in 1996. In his tenure there, Jenks won the conference title, regional title and Class 5A state championship. In 1996, Blaser was named Oklahoma Golf Coaches Association Regional Representative.
Blaser graduated from Oklahoma State with a degree in physical education in 1993. He and his wife Krista have sons named Blake (13), Carson (9) and Chase (4).