Keegan Bradley, a Red Storm alumni and now a member of the PGA Tour, has removed the St. John's University logo from his golf bag and has recently expressed his disappointment in the school's athletic director Chris Monasch for firing his former golf coach Frank Darby.
"I'm pretty disappointed with the school," Bradley said at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this past week, according to Bloomberg Business. "Chris Monasch doesn't really care about the golf team. He never did when I was there at least."
Bradley won the 2011 PGA Tour (his first major tournament) and has been outspoken about keeping Darby as the leader of the team.
Darby had the ultimate success at St. John's as he led the program to 23 team titles and 35 individual championships while appearing in five NCAA Regional Championships. The former coach also has sent two players to the professional ranks (PGA Tour), Bradley and Andrew Svoboda, and has been a member of the PGA America for 26 years. The Red Storm won the 2014 Big East title and Darby was named conference coach of the year.
When Darby was removed, Bradley spoke up saying that he favored his ex-teammate Casey Calmi as the future replacement. Darby also said that the program made a mistake by not hiring Calmi.
"The program would have had much more support from Keegan," Darby said, according to Bloomberg. "That's something they will be missing now."
Instead, the Johnnies decided to hire Mal Galletta, who graduated from the school in 1991 and recently finished his sixth year as the PGA Head Golf Professional at the Glen Cove Country Club. The current head coach is a member of the Metropolitan PGA Tournament committee and served as a golf writer for instructional purposes with Newsday.
Bradley, the 28-year-old stud, won nine collegiate events after being overlooked by many big time college programs. He graduated in 2008 and now is 71st on the PGA Tour money list.