Daniel Racioppa wins SWAC Championship; Danny Forshey named Coach of the Year

Alcorn State University junior Daniel Racioppa’s name was written into the Braves’ history book after a stellar finish in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship.

Daniel won the 2017 SWAC Men’s Golf Championship Wednesday, April 19 at Links on the Bayou and Oak Wing Golf Club in Alexandria, Louisiana, making him the first Alcorn golf player to win in the conference championship and clinch a spot in the NCAA Regionals Monday, May 15 through Wednesday, May 17.

Becoming a SWAC champion has always been a goal that Daniel has strived for. For him, reaching this monumental milestone while making history in the process was an incredible feat.

“Ever since I became a Brave, it has always been my goal to win the SWAC,” said Daniel. “Never did I think that making Braves history would be a reward for accomplishing that goal.”

Getting the win came with some adversity. Daniel entered the last day of the tournament three strokes out of first place behind Alabama State University’s Kirabo Reed. Daniel managed to come up clutch in a tournament defining moment by shooting a 73 in the last round to take the lead over Reed by one stroke.

Head Golf Coach Danny Forshey, who received the Co-Coach of the Year Award, praised his star pupil for being relaxed and focused when it counted the most.

“When the pressure was on, Daniel was calm, cool and collected,” said Forshey “He enjoyed taking on the pressure of coming from behind. In order to be an elite player like he is, you have to relish those moments. Playing under pressure made Tiger Woods play better, and Daniel is the same way. Coming down the stretch, he hit the perfect shot every time. His mental edge is really impressive.”

Forshey expressed pride in Daniel for making it to the top. He credits Daniel’s dedication to perfecting his craft for his success.

“I’m so proud of him. He’s worked so hard for this. It would be hard to find somebody who works harder or does everything the coaches asks of him. He’s the ultimate success story.”

After being crowned Co-Coach of the Year, Forshey feels that winning the award wouldn’t be possible without a committed group of players.

“It’s a special honor. To get an award like this after being in the conference for only a year feels really good. I love coaching because it gives me the opportunity to give back to our student athletes. I’m passionate about making a positive impact on their lives. I couldn’t have won this award without this great group of students on both the men’s and women’s golf teams. They helped me to get this far.”