Marcelo Huarte was named Lynn University's head women's golf coach on August 15, 2018 after a successful national championship stint as assistant coach and student-athlete at Barry University. Huarte becomes the seventh coach in program history.
The Miami, Florida, native put the Sunshine State Conference and Division II on notice in his first season at the helm, guiding the Blue and White to the NCAA National Championship and three victories, including wins at the Sunshine State Conference Championship and NCAA South Regional. Huarte became just the second coach in Lynn history to win an NCAA Regional and the fifth to claim an SSC title in his first season. Additionally, the squad’s national championship appearance was its first since 2014-15.
Under his guidance, Helen Kreuzer, Kristina Ortiz and Matilda Wahren all received All-America recognition, marking the first time since 2014 Lynn received three All-America accolades.
Huarte joined the Fighting Knights after serving two years as an assistant coach for both the Buccaneers men's and women’s golf programs. In his first season he helped Barry's women's program win the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship as the Bucs also won a school-record five tournaments, Charlotte Puts was named the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) National Freshman of the Year and three women's golfers received All-America recognition. In 2018, he helped develop Tilda Larsson, who was named the WGCA Division II Player of the Year, while the Bucs also garnered three All-America selections.
Not limited to the women's side, Huarte also assisted with the Barry men's golf program as the team advanced to the NCAA Championship national semifinals in 2017-18, and was a national quarterfinalist in 2016-17.
Huarte closed out his own collegiate career in 2014, winning national titles in 2013 and 2014, and collecting All-America recognition. He played in 107 rounds over 37 tournaments and carded a 75.02 stroke average and seven rounds in the 60s. Following his time at Barry, he spent two years as a touring professional, mostly on the West Florida Golf Tour, where in 12 starts he recorded four top-15 finishes.