Staff

 

Matt Davidson
Head Coach

Former Furman men's golf standout Matt Davidson was promoted to head coach of the program in June of 2018.

"I am thrilled that Matt will be leading our program into the future," said Furman Director of Athletics Mike Buddie.  "As a former stand out student-athlete, professional golfer, and now a Hall of Famer, Matt is a perfect fit for Furman Golf."

"I am truly honored to be the new Furman men's golf head coach," said Davidson at the time of his promotion.  "I feel lucky to have been able to spend my playing career learning from so many great coaches, and to now have the chance to lead an amazing group of student athletes at my alma mater is an incredible opportunity. I can't wait to get started."

Davidson, a native of West Windsor, N.J., was named assistant coach of the Paladin program in February of 2018.  Prior to his time coaching at Furman, he spent 13 years playing professionally, splitting time between the PGA Tour and the Web.com Tour.  He played in 147 events on the Web.com Tour and made 90 cuts, notched 16 top-10 finishes, and finished among the top three on four occasions during his professional career.  His best Web.com Tour finish came in 2015, when he tied for second at the HSBC Brazil Championship.  The 2008 and 2009 EGolf Tour championship winner, he posted a career-best 14th-place finish at the 2005 Greater Milwaukee Open on the PGA Tour.

The 2002 Southern Conference Player of the Year, Davidson was a member of the Paladin golf team from 2000-2004.  He won individual medalist honors at the 2004 SoCon Championships and was chosen the 2004 Furman Male Athlete of the Year following a stellar senior campaign that saw him post a 72.24 stroke average over 38 rounds, the fourth-best season stroke average in program history.

A member of the Furman Athletics' 2018 Hall of Fame class, Davidson ranks third behind only Brad Faxon and Daniel Bowden on Furman's career stroke average list, recording a 73.46 over 138 rounds.  A two-time All-SoCon first team selection, he was twice honored as a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America All-American Scholar team. 

Davidson, who has lived in the Greenville area for the past seven years, earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Furman in 2004.  His wife, Natalie The of Lake Worth, Fla., graduated from Furman in 2003 and was a member of the Paladin women's tennis team.  She is a professor in the Furman health sciences department.  The couple has two sons, Wesley (3) and Graham (10 months).

Todd Eckstein
Assistant Coach

Todd Eckstein returned to Furman as the Paladin men's golf assistant coach in August of 2018. 

“Todd has the experience, work ethic, and knowledge that will help immensely both in recruiting and working with the students,” said Furman head coach Matt Davidson at the time of Eckstein's hiring.  “He is a great fit both in college coaching and at Furman, and we are lucky to have him back.”

Eckstein served as Furman’s assistant coach from August 2016 through February of 2018 then worked in alumni and family engagement at Davidson most recently.  He began his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach at Davidson during the fall of 2015, then spent the spring 2016 season at Mercer, where he served as assistant coach for the Bears’ men’s golf team.  He also has prior experience at the Duke Golf School, the Todd Satterfield Golf School at Furman, and with the UNC men’s golf camps. 

A four-year letterwinner on the Davidson men's golf team from 2011-2105, Eckstein, who was chosen team captain as a senior, earned All-Atlantic 10 accolades in 2014-15.  As a junior and senior, he received the Cleveland Golf/Srixon Academic All-America award, which is given annually to juniors and seniors who have a stroke average under 76.0 and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2.

“I greatly appreciate Matt offering me the opportunity to be a part of this historically successful program,” said Eckstein.  “Furman truly blends academic and athletic excellence, and I believe our team has all the tools to compete for championships.  I cannot wait to contribute to what I hope will be the best experience of our student-athletes’ lives.”

Eckstein, a native of Durham, N.C., earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Davidson in 2015.