Steve Napoli Named Head Men's Golf Coach
WORCESTER, Mass. – The College of the Holy Cross has named Steve Napoli its new head men's golf coach, as announced by director of athletics Nathan Pine. Napoli will take over for Bob Molt, who is retiring after his 41st season as the head coach of the men's golf program.
“I am thrilled to welcome Steve Napoli to Holy Cross as our new head men's golf coach,” said Pine. “He has an impeccable reputation within the world of golf, and his leadership and experience will serve us well at Holy Cross. I am confident he will have a significant impact on the development our student-athletes.”
Napoli comes to Holy Cross after serving as the director of golf at the Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. In four years at Liberty National he managed and directed all aspects of golf operations, built an energetic staff of PGA professionals with college interns to provide a high level of customer service and delivered an exceptional tournament program for golfers of all levels. Prior to his time at Liberty National, Napoli served as the director of golf at the Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, R.I., and the Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I. In addition, he was the head golf professional at the Pawtucket Country Club for eight years.
“It is a great privilege to be given the opportunity to join the Holy Cross community and lead the men's golf team into the future,” said Napoli. “My priorities will always be to the student-athletes, providing assistance both on and off the golf course as they strive to reach their academic, athletic and lifelong dreams. I am extremely anxious to meet everyone on the team, their families and everyone that supports the men's golf program at Holy Cross.”
Napoli was inducted into the New England PGA Hall of Fame in 2013, and was named the New England PGA Junior Golf Leader in 2010. Golf Digest also named him the top teacher in Rhode Island in 2007. In 2003, Napoli was named the recipient of the PGA of America Bill Strausbaugh Award, a national award given to an instructor who excels in mentoring fellow PGA professionals and community service.
As a player, Napoli won the 1999 New England PGA Junior-Senior Championship, and the 1988 Rhode Island PGA Championship. He played with the New England PGA Cup Team from 1990 to 1996, and placed second in the 1992 Rhode Island Open. Napoli was also a quarterfinalist in the New England PGA Match Play Championship in 1983 and 1984, and set a competitive course record of 65 at the Warwick Country Club in 1984.
Napoli graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.