(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans Director of Athletics and Wellness Brett Simpson announced the hiring of Jeff Lorio as head coach of the men’s and women’s golf teams today. Lorio served as the assistant golf coach for the 2013-14 season.
During Lorio’s time as assistant coach, the women’s squad finished second in the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament. The team qualified to play at the NAIA National Championships, where they placed 20th, in just the second season of the program. The women’s freshmen class also ranked fifth in the country via Golfstat.
“We are excited to have Jeff Lorio join our staff as head men’s and women’s golf coach. He was an integral part of our women’s team competing at the National Championships as well as guiding our men’s squad in their first season of competition,” said Simpson. “He understands that the we strive for excellence on the course, in the classroom, and in the community and will work tirelessly to recruit student-athletes the can achieve those standards.”
Lorio also possesses an extensive playing record, ranging from amateur to professional experience. He has competed and placed in a number of Louisiana Golf Association tournaments and a variety of national events. In 2010, he qualified for the United States Mid-Amateur Championships at Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, N.Y. In 2000 and 2008, Lorio competed in the Louisiana Cup, which pits the top amateurs in the state against the top professionals. He won the event as both an amateur and a professional. In 2012, Golf Week ranked Lorio in the top 800 in the United States and top 1,650 in the world among amateur players.
A New Orleans native, Lorio completed his collegiate playing career at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in human resource management.
“I would like to thank Fr. Kevin Wildes, Dr. Cissy Petty, Brett Simpson and the search committee for allowing me the opportunity to lead the men’s and women’s golf programs,” said Lorio. “I am looking forward to building on the team’s previous success and leading a program in which the university and community can be proud.”