Former Buccaneer Webb named men's golf coach for Vols

Johnson City Press • Jun 28, 2018 at 8:03 PM

KNOXVILLE—A chip off the East Tennessee State block has landed in the heart of Big Orange Country.

Brennan Webb was named the University of Tennessee’s new men’s golf coach on Thursday after guiding Middle Tennessee State University to a 2018 Conference USA championship and back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances in 2017 and 2018.

Webb, who played his collegiate golf for ETSU, has agreed to a five-year contract with a salary of $180,000. He will be formally introduced during a press conference on Friday, July 13.

"We've attracted a leader in Coach Webb who fits our culture here at Tennessee extremely well," said Volunteers director of athletics Phillip Fulmer. "As an assistant at Georgia Tech and head coach at Middle Tennessee, he has built highly competitive, highly ranked teams. He has recruited extraordinarily well, particularly within the state of Tennessee — but nationally and internationally as well.

"His personality and work ethic, coupled with the resources at his disposal here at Tennessee, should lead to tremendous success for our men's golf program."

Chosen as the 2018 C-USA Men's Golf Coach of the Year, Webb becomes only the sixth head coach in the history of UT’s program.

"I want to thank Coach Fulmer and (associate AD) Angie Boyd-Keck for giving me the opportunity to lead the men's golf program at the University of Tennessee," Webb said. "I am extremely honored to coach at such a prestigious university and in an athletic department with such a storied history. I know with the Day Golf Practice Facility and the upcoming completion of the Blackburn-Furrow Clubhouse we will be able to attract student-athletes who will allow us to compete at the highest levels of SEC and NCAA golf."

During three seasons in Murfreesboro, Webb guided his teams to 14 top-five finishes and four first-place outcomes in 36 total tournaments, including three wins in 2017-18. His most recent victory was the program's first-ever C-USA title, coming via a 3-2 decision over UAB in match play. The Blue Raiders also qualified for the last two NCAA Regionals as the ninth and 11th seeds, respectively, finishing sixth and seventh at those tournaments.

His student-athletes at Middle Tennessee garnered multiple individual recognitions for their play. He coached eight C-USA players of the week, one all-conference performer (Tyler Johnson, 2017-18), two C-USA freshmen of the year (Ilari Saulo in 2016-17 and Johnson in 2017-18), three C-USA all-freshman honorees (Saulo and Chip Thomas in 2016-17 and Johnson in 2017-18) and two regular-season individual tournament champions (Saulo in 2016-17 and Thomas in 2017-18) during this tenure.

In addition to signing and coaching the past two C-USA Freshmen of the Year, Webb landed three of the top-50 players in the country for Middle Tennessee's 2018 signing class. His men also have performed well in the classroom, with the 2016-17 team winning the C-USA Academic Excellence Award and four of his golfers garnering Academic All-America accolades.

Prior to his stint at Middle Tennessee, Webb spent nearly three years at Georgia Tech after joining the Yellow Jackets staff as an assistant in December 2012. He climbed the ladder quickly, earning a promotion to associate head coach during the summer of 2014.

During his time in Atlanta, he helped guide Tech to the ACC Championship in 2014 and 2015 and to the match-play bracket of the NCAA Championship both of his years with the Yellow Jackets. While at Tech, Webb worked with Ollie Schneiderjans, Anders Albertson and Seth Reeves, who combined for seven All-America honors.

Schneiderjans, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world in 2014, won an ACC championship and was a finalist for the Ben Hogan award. Albertson, a two-time ACC champion, won the Byron Nelson award.

Before his stint at Georgia Tech, Webb served at 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 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. 51 from a 191st rating in the pre-season.

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 2010, 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.

A native of Bracebridge, 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 Junior World Championship.

Additionally, Webb was a part-time PGA Tour caddy for Garrett Willis, John Huston and Robert Damron between 2002 and 2011, and was owner-operator of DSP Golf Academy at the South Muskoka Golf and Country Club in his hometown of Bracebridge from 1998-2001.

When Webb played for ETSU, the Bucs 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 the school in December of 1997.

Webb and his wife, Carrie, have two daughters, Nalla and Skye.

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