JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 1, 2018) – East Tennessee State University men's golf head coach Fred Warren announced on Friday the hiring of associate head coach Jake Amos.
Amos, who has six years of coaching experience, most recently spent the last two seasons as the associate head coach at South Carolina. Prior to arriving in Columbia, Amos served as an assistant coach at Purdue from 2014-16, while spending the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at South Florida. Amos began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater Augusta University in 2011.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the ETSU family. Coach Warren has built a program with great tradition and success, and I hope to help continue that run,” said Amos. “I have been a huge admirer of ETSU golf and coach Warren for a long time. I remember wanting to go there when I was being recruited to play college golf. I am delighted to have finally made it to Johnson City.
“I have been fortunate enough to have had some great mentors and worked under some incredible coaches during my time in college golf. I can’t wait to work, use what I have learned and continue to grow the success of ETSU golf.”
Amos, one of the top assistant men’s golf coaches in the country, was named a finalist for the 2018 Jan Strickland Award, which is awarded to the top assistant coach in collegiate golf. Amos was also a semifinalist for the award in 2016, while at Purdue.
“Jake is unquestionably one of the top young assistant coaches in the sport of men's golf, and I am so delighted he is joining our program,” said Warren. “I have known Jake since he played on England's Boys Team a number of years ago, and although I was impressed with him as a player, I was just as impressed with him as a person. He has a bright future in coaching and I am looking forward to having Jake as our associate head coach."
During his time at South Carolina, the Gamecocks made back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances, while totaling 13 top-five finishes, including wins at the 2017 Camden Collegiate Invitational and Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. The Gamecocks also posted runner-up finishes at the 2017 Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic in Hawaii and 2016 Camden Collegiate Classic. This past season, South Carolina just missed advancing to its fourth NCAA Championship in the last five years, while posting its fourth-lowest scoring average in program history at 286.97. In 2016-17, the Gamecocks advanced to the first ever SEC Match Play after placing fifth in the stroke play format at the SEC Championships. Amos helped coach Keenan Huskey to Golfweek All-American honors, while he and Scott Stevens were named second team All-SEC and selected to the PING All-Southeast Region team in 2016-17. Huskey finished his illustrious Gamecock career second on the career scoring average list (71.66) and tied for sixth all-time with 16 career top-10s. This past season as a junior, Stevens led the team with a 71.44 scoring average, two top-five finishes, and seven top-20s, which included runner-up medalist honors and a tied for 11th showing at the NCAA Regional. Stevens currently ranks third on the Gamecock career scoring average list (71.98).
Prior to his stint at South Carolina, Amos spent two years as an assistant at Purdue where the Boilermakers had one of their best runs in program history. In the two seasons at West Lafayette, Ind., Amos led Purdue to back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances, while becoming one of two Big Ten teams to advance to the NCAA Championship in 2016. The Boilermakers won three tournaments in 2015-16, which marked the fifth-highest win total in program history, while Purdue finished the campaign ranked 32nd via Golfstat – its best finish since 2005. Following the historic run in 2015-16, Amos was named a semifinalist for the Jan Strickland Award.
During the 2013-14 season at South Florida, Amos led the Bulls to the NCAA Regionals, while the team finished the year ranked No. 33 in the country. Amos helped coach Chase Koepka – brother of 2017 U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka – to PING All-American honors, the first USF player to earn the accolade since 1989.
Amos played three seasons collegiately at Augusta University (formerly Augusta State) where he earned a degree in sociology. During his time with the Jaguars, Augusta University won the 2010 NCAA Division Men’s Golf Championship, marking its first title in program history. Along with winning a national championship at Augusta University, Amos was also named 2007 Peach Belt Freshman of the Year, All-America second team, All-America Freshman team, all-region team selection and NCAA Regional medalist.
Following his collegiate career, Amos spent three seasons playing professionally on the Web.com Tour and throughout Europe.
A native of Leicester, England, Amos represented his native country internationally at both the under-16 and under-18 levels. His wife, Dani, is a native of Barnwell, S.C., and the couple welcomed their first child, Jenson King, in September.
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