Long-time professional golfer Joe Inman, who has enjoyed success on the PGA and Champions Tours, currently is in his fifth year as head coach of the Georgia State men's program.
In just his first year, Inman took the Panthers to the NCAA Regional, as the Panthers reached the postseason for the 10th time in 12 years. Inman led Georgia State to a sixth place finish, just one position shy of qualifying for the NCAA Championship.
Georgia State earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Regional after finishing second at the CAA Championship in a one-hole playoff to VCU. Under Inman, three Panthers all-conference mentions, including Tom Sherreard, who earned the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, and freshman Allen John finished as medalist at the CAA Championship and earned rookie of the year honors.
In his second season, Inman watched as Sherreard earned his third straight CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor and advanced as an individual to the NCAA Regional after earning All-CAA accolades. His squad finished the fall with the highest GPA among all GSU male squads.
In this third year, Inman led a squad that finished the year with three freshmen in the line-up at the season-ending CAA Championship. Seven members of the team earned CAA Commissioner's Academic Award honors.
Last year, the squad peaked at the right time, finishing second in its final CAA Championship. Inman watched as freshman Davin White earned CAA Rookie of the Year honors after another freshman, Damon Stephenson, took low medalist honors at the Wexford Planation Intercollegiate, an event GSU won by six strokes.
He also led the efforts for the highly successful AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic at Berkeley Hills Country Club. The event was a great success as teams raved about the success of the event, causing organizers to expand the field for 2012.
In the second edition, Inman led the Panthers to a second place finish, including a win over top-10 ranked Georgia. The Panthers finished the 2012 fall season, their first in the Sun Belt Conference, as one of the top teams in the league and amonng the top 75 teams in the nation.
Spanning more than 25-years, Inman's pro playing career includes four victories, one on the PGA Tour and three on the Champions Tour. He had nearly 100 Top 25 finishes on each circuit, and his career earnings total over $5 million.
Inman's career on the PGA Tour saw him play in 329 events, highlighted by a victory in the 1976 Kemper Open. He also posted three runner-up finishes and four third-place showings on the PGA Tour, along with 32 top 10 performances and 98 finishes in the top 25.
After working as a sales representative for PING from 1989-97, Inman began playing on the Champions Tour in 1998. He owns three tournament titles, winning the Pacific Bell Open in 1998 and 1999 and the SBC Open in 2000. He also compiled two runner-up finishes, three third-place efforts, 33 top-10 showings and 88 top-25 performances while missing only seven cuts in 276 events on the senior circuit.
Inman has been heavily involved in community and charitable activities, particularly in the Atlanta area. He serves on the board of directors of First Tee Atlanta, and he founded the Larry Nelson-Joe Inman Foundation to support youth golf initiatives.
As a collegian, Inman was a three-time all-America at Wake Forest, earning first-team honors in 1969 following second-team accolades in 1968 and honorable mention recognition in 1967. Playing on powerhouse teams under legendary coach Jesse Haddock, Inman helped the Demon Deacons to three straight Atlantic Coast Conference titles and top-three NCAA finishes in 1968 and 1969. His college teammates included future PGA Tour standouts Lanny Wadkins and Leonard Thompson.
He graduated from Wake Forest in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in history and turned pro in 1972.
Inman, 64 and his wife, Nancy, reside in Marietta, Ga., and have three children: Craig, Sally and Kate. His younger brother, John Inman, is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour and former head coach of North Carolina.