Following an 14-year career as the head coach of the USF men's golf team, Jim Fee was appointed to the position of Director of Athletic Events and Championships in June 2010. A former All-American and one of the greatest golfers in USF history, Fee had served as the university's Head Men's Golf Coach since August 1996.
Fee replaced Tom Buscemi who announced his resignation to relocate to the Denver, Colo., area to pursue professional opportunities in the hospitality industry.
"I am very pleased that Jim will join our administrative team," said Woolard. "He has served the university extremely well as our head men's golf coach. Tom Buscemi did a marvelous job in developing a strong event management program and customer service culture, and I know Jim will do a great job of building upon Tom's work. Jim has been considering a transition into athletics administration for some time, and I'm delighted that he chose this opportunity. His passion for the university, warm personality and a demonstrated skill set unique to hosting and managing events made this a great match for him."
While Fee's USF playing days were conducted in the Sun Belt Conference, as a coach, he saw the program rise first through the Metro Conference, then Conference USA and into its current position in the BIG EAST Conference.
In his nine years as head coach in C-USA, Fee developed nine All-Conference players and two C-USA All-Tournament Team players. In 2000, Fee was selected C-USA Coach of the Year, leading the Bulls to a third place finish in the championship, held at The Club at Hidden Creek in Navarre, Fla. Fee’s first year in the BIG EAST yielded one All-Conference player and one All-America Scholar.
A 1985 graduate of USF, Fee was named head coach and director of golf at the USF Golf Course in August of 1996. Ten years later, the management of the university’s golf course was transferred to a private management company, and now Fee’s responsibility rests solely on the development of the golf program.
Fee, originally from Lakeland, Fla., graduated from Lake Gibson High School before enrolling at USF in 1981. He won all-Sun Belt honors in his freshman season, and again as a junior and senior. As a freshman, he won the Miami Beach Sun and Fun Collegiate and finished fifth in the Sun Belt Championships.
Fee flourished as a senior, en route to All-America honors. Among his six top 10 finishes that season, Fee had two seconds and a third. His stroke average was 73.8 in 39 rounds, including eight sub-70 rounds and a collegiate-low 65. Fee advanced through three of the four rounds in the NCAA Championships that season.
Fee's four playing years came amidst a Golden Era for USF golf, when the Bulls won 11 consecutive Sun Belt Conference titles between 1979 and 1989. During that same period, USF had 39 all-conference golfers and four All-Americans, including Fee.
Upon graduating with his business degree in 1985, Fee embarked on a professional career, which he continued through 1990. At that time, Fee joined the staff at the Ben Sutton Golf School in Sun City, Fla. After four months, he moved to Bloomingdale Golfers Club in Valrico, Fla. as an assistant professional. At Bloomingdale, he advanced to first assistant professional in 1993, and head golf professional in October 1994. Just under two years later, he was hired back to his alma mater as the head golf coach.
Fee and his wife, Lisa, reside in Valrico, Fla., with their three children.