Jake Amos is now in his fourth season at ETSU and his third as the Head Coach for the Bucs. During Amos’ first year at ETSU he served as Associate Head Coach during the 2018-19 season.
Coach Amos’ first year as the head coach was cut short due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. However, his squad did not miss a beat during his second year at the helm of the program. ETSU went on to win its 21st Southern Conference Championship and 26th conference title in ETSU history. The Bucs held off Western Carolina for an 8-stroke victory, their first SoCon title since 2017. ETSU was led by Archie Davies who won the SoCon Individual Medalist honors, his first collegiate victory.
Fast forward one month later, the Bucs made history after winning the Cle Elum Regional in Washington, their first NCAA Regional title since 2001. ETSU dominated the field of play, finishing 14-under-par as a unit, 10 strokes ahead of San Francisco (-4). The victory secured ETSU its first trip to the NCAA Championships since 2008. Former Buccaneer Shiso Go captured the podium with an 8-under-par tournament, becoming the first Buccaneer to claim medalist honors at the NCAA Regionals since Rhys Enoch (2010).
Amos’ 2020-21 Buccaneers posted the most eagles in a single season (17), while also carding the best par-5 scoring in program history at 4.7688. His squad also captured the lowest 54-hole total in program history after finishing 38-under-par at the Stitch Intercollegiate. The Bucs also posted the second-lowest round vs. par (-18) and the third-lowest 36-hole total vs. par (-18).
During the 2019-20 campaign, the Bucs remained in the spotlight of the Southern Conference. As a team, ETSU competed in seven events in the shortened season, finishing Top 5 in five events and Top 2 in four events. ETSU placed first at the Hoakalei CC Invitational in Hawaii, while recording runner-up finishes at the Carpet Capital Collegiate, Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate and the Seminole Intercollegiate. The team also jumped to a ranking of No. 23 in GolfStat under Amos’ direction.
Amos’ team also had a plethora of individual success, including individual titles by Jack Rhea (Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate) and Shiso Go (Hoakalei CC Invitational). In addition, Amos coached six SoCon Golfer of the Week honors (including three by Rhea), and one SoCon Golfer of the Month. Rhea also jumped all the way inside the Top 25 in the individual rankings, before finishing the year No. 36 according to GolfStat.
For his ETSU head coaching career, Amos has coached: five PING East All-Region recipients, two PING All-Americans, seven Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars, nine SoCon Men’s Golfer of the Week, three SoCon Men’s Golfer of the Month, three team wins, three individual medalist honors, three All-SoCon honorees and has run the streak of GCAA Academic Team Honors to 13 consecutive years. In addition, Amos has coached the SoCon Player/Freshman of the Year (Davies) and was himself named SoCon Coach of the Year following the 2021 season.
Amos spent two seasons as the associate head coach at South Carolina before his arrival to Johnson City. 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.
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.
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.
While with South Carolina in 2017, the Gamecocks just missed advancing to its fourth NCAA Championship in a five-year span, 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.
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 have two sons, Jenson King and Jasper Lewis.