THE FLATS -- After a year and a half as assistant coach at one of the nation's fastest-growing collegiate golf programs, Brennan Webb has been named assistant coach at Georgia Tech, head coach Bruce Heppler announced Monday.
Webb comes to Tech from the University of South Florida, whose men's golf program posted seven top-10 finishes, including three in the top 5, during the 2011-12 season. He also helped mentor Trey Valentine, who was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, assisted with fund-raising efforts, recruiting and scheduling, helped manage the team facility and directed the USF Invitational Tournament.
During his time with the Bulls, he signed two of the top five players in Florida for the program in his first recruiting class, and helped USF rise to a national ranking of No. 87 from one that had been 191st in the pre-season.
Webb replaces Christian Newton, who left Tech in August to become the head coach at Colorado State.
"We took some time to find a person with the type of background we were looking for, and we're very happy with Brennan's decision to join our program," said Heppler, who is in his 18th year at Tech. "At East Tennessee State, he played on teams that were ranked among the top five in the country and played in NCAA Championships. He pursued a professional career, and through the various tours he was able to work his way up to the nationwide Tour, so that experience is a tremendous resource for the players in our program. He has a reputation as a relentless recruiter, and he has a sincere and upbeat personality."
Webb took the assistant coaching position at USF after playing several years on various professional circuits and in 11 different countries. He was a fully exempt member on the PGA Web.com Tour in 2009, logging three top 25 finishes. In 2011, he competed in the Zurich Classic on the PGA Tour. He reached the second stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying School eight times in nine attempts. His wins as a pro include the 2010 Coors Light Open in Fort Myers, as well as victories on the Hooters Tour and in Canada.
"My family and I are very excited to join the Georgia Tech Athletics family and look forward to being part of the high standard of excellence that the golf program has achieved and maintained for many years," said Webb. "The opportunity to learn from Coach Heppler and be part of one of the best golf programs in the country is something that I am very thankful for."
A native of Ontario, Webb represented Canada in several international amateur tournaments, including appearances in the U.S., British, Canadian and Western amateur championships. He also represented Canada in the World Junior Championship.
Additionally, Webb has been a part-time PGA Tour caddy for Garrett Willis, John Huston and Robert Damron between 2002-11, and was owner-operator of DSP Golf Academy at the South Muskoka Golf and Country Club in his hometown of Bracebridge, Ontario from 1998-2001.
Webb played collegiately at East Tennessee State, whose team was ranked No. 1 in the nation and finished third in the NCAA Championship during his junior year and won three Southern Conference titles. He earned his bachelor's degree in finance from East Tennessee State in December of 1997.
Webb and his wife, Carrie, have two daughters, Nalla, 3, and Skye, 1.