Marcelo Huarte was named the golf assistant coach on July 12, 2022.
Huarte joins the Miami staff after spending four seasons as the head women’s golf coach at Lynn University, just up I-95 in Boca Raton, Fla. In 2021-22, Huarte added the title of head men’s golf coach to his original role and led both the men and women to NCAA DII Regional appearances.
During his four years as the head women’s coach at Lynn, Huarte coached to three consecutive top-10 national finishes (no postseason in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic). The Fighting Knights won back-to-back Sunshine State Conference (SSC) championships in 2019 and 2021 and finished third in the conference in 2022.
Huarte led Lynn to a No. 1 NCAA DII ranking in 2021 after the women’s program finished as the NCAA DII National runner-ups. For his efforts at the helm of the women’s team, Huarte was named the NCAA DII South Regional Coach of the Year in each year of eligibility.
Under his mentorship, 10 Lynn golfers earned All-America honors, while Helen Kreuzer and Camila Madariaga were crowned the 2021 NCAA Individual National Champion and SSC Freshman of the Year, respectively.
But, a native of Miami, Huarte is eager for the opportunity to return to the city that raised him.
Huarte got his start in coaching at his alma mater, Barry University, where he served as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s teams from 2016 to 2018. In his first year with the Buccaneers, Huarte helped the women’s program win the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship.
On the men’s side, Huarte assisted a Buccaneers team who advanced to the NCAA Championship semifinals in 2017-18 and was a national quarterfinalist in 2016-17.
Huarte had a decorated four-year career at Barry, helping the program to back-to-back DII National Championships in 2013 and 2014. The Miami native played 107 rounds in 37 tournaments in his career, carding a 75.02 stroke average and seven rounds in the 60s. Huarte earned All-America honorable mention status from the Golf Coaches Associate in 2012.
After graduation, Huarte spent two years as a touring professional, mostly on the West Florida Golf Tour. In 12 starts, he recorded four top-15 finishes. During that period, he also worked for golf giant Srixon/Cleveland, educating sales associates on the latest technology and promotions.