TAMPA - University of South Florida Director of Athletics Doug Woolard announced today the appointment of Chris Malloy to the position of head men's golf coach.
"We are very pleased to appoint Chris Malloy to the position of Head Men's Golf Coach," said Woolard. "Chris is one of the outstanding young coaches in America and will be a tremendous addition to our staff. He has played a critical role in building one of the nation's best programs at Florida State, and he brings great pedigree to USF having spent the last four years working closely with one of the nation's outstanding head coaches in Trey Jones. Chris is regarded as a fine teacher of the game and a terrific recruiter with established relationships throughout Florida and the rest of the country. Most importantly, I know how important ensuring a positive student-athlete experience is to him, and I believe that the young men in our program will benefit greatly from his leadership, mentoring and coaching. We intend to build a nationally-prominent program with our sights set on winning a BIG EAST and national championship. We have found the right man to lead the way in Chris Malloy."
Malloy replaces Jim Fee, who was recently named USF's Director of Athletic Events and Championships.
He comes to USF after four seasons at Florida State where he was an assistant with the men's program. He played a major role in the success of Florida State golf during his tenure. The Seminoles won their first ever ACC golf championship in 2008, and, after leading at the end of the first round, finished third in the NCAA Championships in 2010, the best finish in program history. The Seminoles were ranked in the nation's top 15 during the first two years of his coaching career and Florida State's team stroke average dropped to a 15 year low 72.77 in 2008.
In addition, Malloy was named the interim assistant coach of the women's program in the spring of 2010 and presided over an outstanding season for that program. The 25th ranked women' team finished 10th in the final standings at the NCAA Division I Championship. In earning the best finish in school history, the Seminoles set a record for fewest strokes.
The Florida State men's and women's golf teams, both ranked in the nation's top 25, were recognized by the NCAA with a perfect APR (Academic Progress Rate) for the period of 2006-2009.
As one of the top assistants in the country, Malloy was selected as one of five finalists for the Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas golf as the National Men's Assistant Golf Coach of the Year. The Strickland Award is presented to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA or NJCAA assistant coach that has excelled in working with their student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom. Malloy has produced four All-Americans, four All-ACC selections, and one ACC individual champion, including the 2010 ACC Player of the Year, sophomore Brooks Koepka.
"It is an honor and a privilege to be the head men's golf coach at the University of South Florida," said Malloy. "I want to thank Doug Woolard, Bill McGillis and the rest of the athletics staff for allowing me this opportunity. Danielle and I are very excited to be a part of the Bulls' family. To have an opportunity to compete in the BIG EAST and to live in a place like Tampa, is an amazing opportunity. I look forward to going out on the recruiting trail and getting the best possible student-athletes here to Tampa. The sky is the limit."
At FSU, he was the designated on-course coach for the Seminoles numerous times during the 2007-10 seasons including during the third round of the 2007 NCAA Championship finals as Florida State won a three-team playoff and advanced to the top 15 in the standings, moving on to the final round.
In 2010, the Noles defeated seven teams ranked ahead of them in the national rankings to win the Bryan Park Collegiate team championship under Malloy's watch. The following week, FSU won the Pinehurst Challenge for its second consecutive team win, conquering a feat that had not been done in almost 30 years.
Malloy was a top golfer at Ole Miss during his collegiate career. He led the Rebels to the NCAA Championship finals in 1999 and the NCAA East Regional Championship Tournament in 2000 as a two-year letter winner and team captain for Ole Miss.
Malloy led the Rebels to a 24th place tie in the NCAA Championship Tournament in 1999 for his best collegiate season. He finished the season with a career-best 74.79 stroke average and earned his best career individual finish tied for fifth at the University of Alabama Spring Invitational. Malloy's individual finish led Ole Miss to the team championship at the Alabama Spring Invitational. Malloy earned four top 30 individual finishes and led the Rebels to four top 10 team finishes. Among those top 10 team finishes was a ninth place finish at the NCAA East Regional Championship which qualified Ole Miss for the NCAA Championship Tournament.
The Warrenton, Va., native helped Ole Miss to a sixth place finish in the SEC Championship and an 11th place finish in the NCAA East Regional in 2000 as he finished fourth on the team with a 75.00 stroke average. He earned a pair of top 15 individual finishes with a tied for 14th place standing at the Atlanta Intercollegiate and a tied for 15th placing at the Colorado State Intercollegiate. He led Ole Miss to a sixth place team finish at the Gator Invitational that season as he shot a career-low 68 in the first round of the event.
Malloy, 32, earned his bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant management from Ole Miss in 2001. Academically, he was named to the Ole Miss Athletic Association Academic Honor Roll during his tenure. He married Danielle Bartlett in June of 2008.