04/30/2014 – Coach Tom Gunn has announced his retirement after 36 years of driving the cart for the Aquinas College men’s golf program. Gunn, who began his coaching career in 1978, will stay on as the swing instructor under the new head coach.
A 1967 graduate of Aquinas College, Coach Gunn guided the Saints to back-to-back WHAC titles in 2004 and 2005. Coach Gunn has coached nine Academic All-Americans during his tenure including, Nazar Massouh, a golfer from Russia.
Athletic Director Terry Bocian comments, “Tom exemplified "the gentleman" in the game of golf. He was an outstanding representative of the NAIA, the WHAC and Aquinas College. Tom expected no less from his team or his opponents. He is highly respected by his peers and the local Grand Rapids golfing community. Tom mastered many golf courses, but his biggest victory was that with his bout with throat cancer. He will always be an Aquinas Saint/Tommie.”
Gunn also played for the Saints in the mid-sixties, where he captained the team during his final two seasons. Coach Gunn and his teammates from the 1963 squad were inducted into the Aquinas College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003 for their outstanding play. The 1963 team recorded a second place national finish that season and still ranks today as one of the greatest athletic accomplishments in school history.
Tom held the course record at the Highlands (Grand Rapids Elks) for decades carding a 64 during official club competition. Coach Gunn is also one of three coaches in the WHAC to have led their respective teams since the conferences inception in 1992. In addition to his coaching duties at Aquinas College, Gunn was also the top national salesperson for Grand Rapids Spring & Wire.
Coach Gunn and his wife, Jerene, reside on the Northeast side of Grand Rapids, in the Riverside Park neighborhood.