ATLANTAGeorgia State men’s golf coach Chad Wilson announced the hiring of Nick Mackay as the program’s assistant coach on Thursday. Mackay, who earned his Master’s from Georgia State, previously served as an assistant coach at Kennesaw State.

From 2013-15 Mackay served as the women's assistant coach at Kennesaw State under head coach Rhyll Brinsmead. During his time at KSU, the Owls won an Atlantic Sun Conference Championship, produced two Atlantic Sun Conference Freshmen of the Year, one conference player of the year, and multiple all-conference selections. 

Since 2015 Mackay has worked as a player agent for Blue Giraffe Sports, helping to manage the careers of PGA and LPGA Tour professionals including Lexi Thompson, Jhonattan Vegas, Stuart Appleby, and Juli Inkster. He has also spent the last 12 months running a junior academy in Johns Creek, Ga. 

“I am thrilled to announce the hire of Nick Mackay,” Wilson said. “He’s someone that has a passion for golf and is going to love working with college players. Nick brings a lot of experience to our squad and that’s going to benefit us greatly as we continue to develop our players. He’s someone who has a high golf IQ and can evaluate talent. The guys will enjoy what Nick has to offer and I am happy he’s a part of the #PantherFamily.”

During his collegiate playing career at Jacksonville State, Mackay helped the Gamecocks capture back-to-back Atlantic Sun Conference titles in 2002 and 2003 and earned all-conference honors in 2003. As a senior, he led Jacksonville State to the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Championship and was named the conference’s 2004 Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year. A five-time individual champion, Mackay captured individual medalist honors at the Auburn, Little Rock and Jacksonville State tournaments in addition to tying for individual medalist honors at the 2004 OVC Championships.

“I’d like to thank Coach Wilson, Athletic Director Charlie Cobb, and the Georgia State Athletic Department for this opportunity,” Mackay said. “I’ve done a lot in the game of golf, but collegiate coaching is where my heart and my strengths lie. I’m excited to be a part of this program as it continues its rise to national prominence."

After his collegiate playing days, Mackay competed on the NGA Hooters, E Golf, Nationwide (Korn Ferry), South American and Australasian professional tours from 2005-2013. He also caddied extensively on the Korn Ferry Tour from 2010-13. 

A native of Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, Mackay earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in print journalism/English from Jacksonville State in 2005, before earning his Masters in Sports Management from Georgia State in 2015. 

Georgia State will open the season Sept. 13-15, hosting the fourth annual Maui Jim Intercollegiate at Mirabel Golf Club in Carefree, Ariz. Practice will get underway after student-athletes report back for the first day of school on Aug. 26.