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Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University's Athletic Director Teresa Phillips announced Parrish McGrath will become the interim coach for both the men's and women's golf teams. McGrath had previously served as an assistant for the men and women's golf program since September of last year.

The announcement comes after the resignation of Chris Seibel who had coached the Tigers since January of 2011.

"It is sad to see a bright young coach like Chris leave who was a former student-athlete and who had begun the process of establishing solid golf programs," Phillips said. "But we are very excited that we do have an assistant coach in Parrish that can pick up where Chris left off. We are very optimistic that Parrish will maintain and grow both programs."

Seibel returned to his alma mater last year after competing for four seasons with the TSU men's golf team. As a senior, he was named the TSU Male Athlete of the Year and was selected to the 2010 All-OVC team

During Seibel's tenure, the Tennessee State's golf teams had three top-five finishes. In addition, the men's team placed first at the National Black College Invitational in Atlanta, Ga.

Under Seibel and McGrath's tutelage, golfer James Stepp was selected to the Ohio Valley Conference's All-Newcomer team last season as a freshman.

Prior to being appointed at TSU, McGrath worked at the Summerfield Golf Club in Riverview, Fla., for five years. During his stint at Summerfield he served as an assistant professional before stepping into the position of the head pro.

McGrath also worked at the Harpeth Hills Golf Club in Nashville, Tenn. (1992-96). He became a professional in 1993 and qualified for the FedEx St. Jude Classic PGA Tour Event in 1994.

"I would like to thank Teresa Phillips and senior woman administrator Valencia Jordan for allowing me the opportunity to continue my work with the men's and women's golf team as interim head golf coach," McGrath said.

"We have shown signs of improvement for both teams this fall which I see continuing this spring and for many years to come. We participate in the OVC- a very competitive conference- and we look to stake a claim as a contender each year. We aim to set the example of how TSU student-athletes perform on the course, in the classroom and in our community."

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