Wildcat coach one of three in contention for Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year Award
TUCSON, Ariz. + University of Arizona men’s golf assistant coach John Knauer was named a finalist for the Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf, it was announced Friday by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Knauer is one of three finalists for the honor, which is given to the NCAA Division I, II, III or NAIA assistant coach that has excelled in working with student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom. Ted Gleason of USC and Greg Robertson of Purdue are the other finalists.
“It’s definitely an honor and a pleasant surprise,” said Knauer. It’s always nice to be recognized by your peers. Each of the finalists is a great coach and certainly deserving of the award.”
Now in his seventh year at Arizona, Knauer leads the recruiting efforts for a program that continually lands top talent. Since his arrival in Tucson in the fall of 1998, he has helped the Wildcats win 13 tournaments and advance to seven NCAA Men’s Golf Championships. Knauer was instrumental in helping Arizona capture the 2004 Pac-10 Championship, the program’s first since 1991.
In Knauer’s tenure, 14 UA golfers have earned All-America honors and 22 have garnered all-Pac-10 Conference accolades. He has been a part of two NCAA Regional championship teams and nine NCAA Championship qualifying teams in his 10-plus seasons as a Division I assistant.
The Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf will be announced on June 1, the opening day of the 2005 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships in Owings Mills, Md., of which Arizona is competing for the 19th consecutive season. The recipient of this award will have the opportunity to further their professional development by being a guest of TaylorMade-adidas Golf at the PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit, as well as an invitation to the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Kingdom in Carlsbad, Calif.