Annual award given to the nation's top assistant coach in collegiate men's golf.
One of the top assistants in the nation, Jake Amos enters his second season as associate head coach of the South Carolina men's golf program.
In Amos' first season, a young Gamecocks team made its 10th NCAA appearance in the last 11 seasons at the NCAA West Lafayette Regional. Carolina finished ninth in what was ranked the hardest regional by Golfweek, snapping a school record four-straight trips to the NCAA Championship. The Gamecocks finished in the top-five in eight of their 12 events, including the program's third straight title at the Hootie At Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. The team took fifth in the stroke play portion of the SEC Championship, advancing to the first ever SEC Match Play.
Individually, team captain Keenan Huskey earned Honorable Mention All-America honors from Golfweek. He and sophomore Scott Stevens each earned Second Team All-SEC honors and both were named PING All-Southeast Region. Huskey tallied the third lowest single-season scoring average in program history in 2016-17 (70.63), while Stevens carded the lowest scoring average all-time for a sophomore (71.26). Amos was key in the development of Stevens from his freshman to sophomore seasons. He also aided true freshman Jamie Wilson, who started in every tournament during the spring and earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors twice.
Amos joined the Gamecock golf family after a successful two-year stint as an assistant coach at Purdue University. While at Purdue, Amos helped guide the Boilermakers to two of the most successful seasons in school history. Purdue won three tournaments in 2015-16, the fifth-highest single-season total in program history, and it was one of just two Big Ten teams to qualify for the NCAA Championship after finishing fifth at the NCAA Stillwater Regional.
Purdue finished the 2015-16 season ranked 32nd according to Golfstat, its highest finish since 2005, and graduated senior Austin Eoff was honored as the program's first First-Team All-Big Ten selection since 2013. Amos also helped the Purdue team achieve the two lowest 54-hole scores in program history last season, and thanks to his leadership, he was honored as a semifinalist for the Jan Strickland Award, which goes to the nation's top assistant coach.
Amos also helped guide Purdue to the NCAA Lubbock Regional in 2014-15, his first season in West Lafayette, Ind., and the Boilermakers finished the year ranked 55th. Purdue tied for fifth at Regionals, just missing out on the NCAA Championship, while Eoff was a PING All-Midwest Region selection.
Prior to joining the staff at Purdue, Amos spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at USF in Tampa, Fla. In his one season with the Bulls, Amos helped USF advance to NCAA Regionals and finish the season ranked 33rd in the nation. Amos guided Chase Koepka to PING All-America honors, the first such award at USF since 1989.
Amos graduated from Augusta University (formerly Augusta State) in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and was a three-year member of the Jaguar men's golf program. Amos was a member of the Augusta program that won the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship, the school's first national title. After graduation, he served as a volunteer assistant in 2011 as the Jaguars repeated as NCAA champions.
After graduating from Augusta, Amos spent three seasons playing professionally, including stops 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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