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Former Pirate golf coach joins GA Southern

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Former Armstrong golf coach Michael Butler is heading to Georgia Southern.

The former Pirate has been named the director of the Eagles' Golf Performance Center, which is set to open in 2018.

According to the Georgia Southern athletic department, Butler will provide golf lessons to university alums, donors, and supporters of the golf program to create new fundraising opportunities.

"Michael has a wealth of teaching experience as well as the capability to cultivate the relationships we need to support and continue to grow both golf programs at Georgia Southern," head men's golf coach Carter Collins said in a release provided by the school. "We're excited about the opportunities Michael will be able to generate in this new position."

Butler will serve as the golf facility's liason for the Bennett-Ramsey Golf Center and help operate the Gene Crawford Pro-Am tournament. He'll also be tasked with helping establish a women's collegiate event to be hosted by the Georgia Southern women's golf program.

The Savannah native served as the Pirate men's head coach for 17 seasons and the women's head coach for 13 seasons.

The Armstrong men made 13 consecutive NCAA Division II Regional appearances from 2002-2014, including a national runner-up finish in 2005. In 2014, the Pirates placed 10th at the Division II National Championships to earn the third top-ten finish in program history.

Butler led the Armstrong women to a pair of Peach Belt Conference titles and four regional appearances in the last five seasons.

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