With the start of the new season, Elon's men's golf team will lose a familiar face.

After 41 years at Elon University, former men's golf head coach Bill Morningstar will retire.

Senior team members John Somers and Will DiIanni said that while they will miss Morningstar, DiIanni said that Morningstar left an incredible legacy for the university.

"In terms of what any coach could ask for in leaving a legacy at Elon, Morningstar has nailed it," Dilanni said.

Despite Morningstar's departure, DiIanni said he is excited about the changing direction of Elon's golf team under new head coach Don Hill.

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With his arrival from the University of South Carolina, Hill brings a fresh perspective to the team.

"He's not like a drill sergeant by any means," Dilanni said, "but its different from Morningstar in that he's got a very definite plan. He's very intense about what we're doing and getting better."

Hill's already made simple changes during his first two weeks at the university, even printing out a handbook for each golfer when they arrived at Elon.

"We've put a new logo on the golf ball, we've changed how we do our recruiting, we've changed how we structure practice," Hill said. "We've changed how we're going to structure our communication, which is ultimately the most important thing we do."

While the men's golf team will have a different culture as they transition into the Colonial Athletic Association, Hill said he hopes to win a 15th conference championship this spring.