West Virginia University golf coach Sean Covich announced Monday that assistant coach Clay Bounds will join the Mountaineer coaching staff for the 2019-20 season.
“Clay is one of the most positive, hardworking and personable people that I have ever been around. Our guys are going to love learning from him and playing for him. Clay understands what it takes to make our guys better both on and off the golf course. We share the same vision for the culture and brotherhood that we want Mountaineer Golf to be about.”
Bounds arrives in Morgantown having spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Rice. During his tenure with the Owls, Bounds helped the guide the squad to team titles at the 2018 Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate and the 2017 Jim West Intercollegiate, in addition to runner-up finishes at the 2018 Bob Sutton Invitational and 2016 Lone Star Invitational. The Owls jumped 60 spots in the Golfstat rankings, peaking at No. 86 in 2018 as they advanced to match play at the 2018 Conference USA Championships.
“First off, I would like to thank Coach Covich for this incredible opportunity,” Bounds said. “What he has done in his short time at WVU is incredible, but no surprise to me. Coach Covich is one of the best coaches in the country and to have the opportunity to work alongside him every day is very exciting for me. WVU golf is now on the map and my family and I are so happy to join them. Let’s Go Mountaineers!”
While at Rice, Bounds coached a trio of NCAA regional qualifiers in Jake Benson (2019), Mitchell Meissner (2018) and Mario Carmona (2018). Benson claimed medalist honors at the 2019 C-USA Championship, while Meissner was the 2016 Lone Star Invitational medalist.
Prior to his arrival in Houston Bounds spent the 2012-13 season as a student assistant at Mississippi State, helping the Bulldogs to four tournament titles and a pair of runner-up finishes.
Bounds started his playing career at Meridian Community College, earning a trio of all-tournament honors as well as a designation on the MCC All-Academic Team. A two-time team captain and the 2008 Outstanding Freshman of the Year, he transferred to Birmingham Southern College before capping his playing career at Mississippi State. He played 15 rounds for the Bulldogs, qualifying for the 2012 SEC Championship.
A native of Meridian, Mississippi, Bounds earned a degree in accounting from Mississippi State. He resides in Morgantown with his wife, Jessica, and children Chisolm and Indiana.
Bounds replaces former WVU assistant coach Jay Woodward, who has stepped away from collegiate athletics.
“I want to thank Jay for all he did to help make our program better these past three seasons,” said Covich. “I wish him and his wonderful family nothing but the best and look forward to watching their continued success.”
(Press release via WVU Athletics)