How We Got StartedBrian Quinn, a four-year letter-winner at Temple (1987-90) and a professional golfer for 16 years, is in his 11th season as head golf coach at TU. Quinn won 17 professional tournaments and played on the Asian PGA, South African PGA and South American PGA Tours. He is the director of instruction at the BQ Golf Academy in Conshohocken, PA.
In just over a season and a half, Quinn quickly returned the Owls to a program to be reckoned with at the conference and regional level. After the fall of 2008, Temple was ranked as high as it has been since 2003-04 in the GolfStat rankings, thanks to Quinn's tutelage. During the fall 2008 season, he directed TU to its first team title since 2005 by capturing the Philadelphia Big Five Invitational by a stroke. The Owls also finished second by a stroke at the St. Bonaventure Invitational and posted top 10 finishes at The McLaughlin (fourth), Old Dominion (sixth), and Rutgers (eighth).
In the spring of 2008, Quinn's charges fired their best 54-hole score at the Atlantic 10 Championship since 2002 (877, +13) to finish 7th. The score was 18 strokes better than Owls recorded in 2007. Quinn followed up that success in 2008-09 by leading the Owls to their first tournament win since 2005 with a first place showing at the 15-team Big 5 Invitational. The Owls also placed fourth in The McLaughlin and sixth in ODU/Seascape Invitational. In the spring, Quinn guided his Owls to their best place at the A-10 Championships since 2002, finishing fourth. Two TU golfers, Andrew Mason and Eric Plisko, earned all-conference honors, marking the first time that two Temple players received that accolade since 2003. Plisko and Kevin Busteed would later be named to the PING all-region team.
Mason, who finished his career as a three-time all-A-10 performer, would lead the Owls to another fourth-place finish as a senior in 2011. The Owls would also win their second tournament under Quinn, taking the URI Invitational this past April.In his first fall campaign (2007), Quinn directed the Owls to a pair of second place finishes at the Bucknell Invitational and Mount St. Mary's. Other highlights from the 2007-08 campaign included the program's first-ever CoSIDA Academic All-American and Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar. Three players won a combined seven Atlantic 10 weekly awards, including a total of five Rookie of the Week honors from Sasha Bozic and Andrew Mason. He has also improved the team's scheduling as the Owls now play in the prestigious Adams Cup of Newport, one of the top falls tournaments in the Northeast, and the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at Ohio State.
Quinn played four seasons under Temple Hall of Fame head coach John MacDonald, earning All-Atlantic 10 honors as a senior in 1990. He helped the Owls to the NCAA Tournament in 1987 and to a pair of NCAA East Regionals in 1989 and 1990. The team also won the ECAC Championship and was second at A-10s in 1990. The Northborough, MA native won 17 professional tournaments, including most recently the 2003 Massachusetts Open Championship. Quinn also won the Greater Portland Open with a course-record 11-under par 61, a record that still stands today at the Riverside Golf Course. He was forced to retire from playing after a back injury in 2004.
Quinn founded BQ Golf Academy in Conshohocken, PA where he is the director of instruction. Quinn is on the board of directors for the AM8 Foundation of fellow Temple Owl Aaron McKie and the First Tee of Philadelphia.
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