Jake Kneen shot an even-par score of 71 in the final round
Oakland opens up the spring season at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate Invitational Feb. 27-28 in Bluffton, S.C.
The 2017-18 class will be comprised of Thomas Giroux (Georgetown, ON.) and Sean Niles (Northville, Mich.)
Pumford joins Oakland after spending five seasons at Michigan.
While in Ann Arbor, Pumford helped coach the Wolverines to consecutive NCAA Regional appearances and Michigan carried a program-best 290.21 per round average. The Wolverines' 54-hole scoring record was shattered this year by 15 strokes with an 824 (-28) total at The MacKenzie (Oct. 12-13) in Fairfax, Calif. The Wolverines went on to post their highest finish at the Big Ten Championship in six seasons, ending in a tie for fourth place to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
He was part of the Michigan team that won the 2014 Big Ten Match Play Championship -- U-M's first title at the conference event. Two of his recruits were All-Big Ten and NCAA Regional at-large selections and had three players named to the PING Division I All-Midwest team.
"Nick is an accomplished player at Michigan and his experiences as an assistant coach at Georgia State and Michigan made him an excellent choice to lead our golf program," said Scott MacDonald, Senior Assistant AD for Public Relations. "He has a tremendous amount of passion for helping young men develop into leaders on and off the course, and I look forward to him being part of the Oakland family."
Pumford began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Georgia State during the 2010-11 season. During his lone year with the Panthers, they tallied three top-10 finishes, including a seventh-place finish at the Colonial Athletic Conference Championship.
As a player for the Wolverines from 2005-09, Pumford competed in 29 of 33 events and recorded five top-10 individual finishes, winning the 2007 Wolf Run Intercollegiate. He helped Michigan return to the NCAA postseason after an eight-year absence with back-to-back regional selections in 2008 and 2009.
As a co-captain during the 2008-09 season, Pumford contributed to one of Michigan's best seasons in program history. Following the Wolverines' regional selection and eventual fifth-place team finish, they advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time in 12 years. The Wolverines closed with a sixth-place team finish in stroke play to advance to the team match play finals. After a first-round win over No. 3 seed USC, the Wolverines were eliminated by eventual national champion Texas A&M in the national semifinal. Pumford started all 14 tournaments and was Michigan's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Pumford's amateur playing career was highlighted by qualifying for the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship, advancing to the Sweet 16 of the Michigan Amateur Championship on two different occasions and earning two top-20 finishes at the Michigan Open (2006, 2010).
Pumford earned a degree in general studies from Michigan in 2009. He is married to Kristen (Debandt) and they reside in Wixom, Mich.
Michigan Coach Chris Witten on Pumford "Coach Pumford has been so important to the development of our team at Michigan the past five years competitively and in terms of our culture. I know he will create the same positive, lasting foundation at Oakland. Nick's strengths are his personality, attitude, leadership and ability to connect with people immediately. The Oakland community has found a great representative and they will be proud of the young men on his team."