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John Knauer Named Men?s Golf National Assistant Coach of the Year
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 26, 2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona men’s golf assistant coach John Knauer was named 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, who was also a finalist for the award last season, earned 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.


“This is a humbling experience,” said Knauer.  “It is always nice to be honored by your peers and colleagues.  Because the voting is done by fellow assistant coaches, this award means a little more.  There is a large piece of this that goes to Coach (Rick) LaRose and the guys on the team.  It wouldn’t have been possible without their efforts.”


Now in his eighth 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 15 tournaments and advance to eight NCAA Men’s Golf Championships.  Knauer was instrumental in helping Arizona capture the 2006 NCAA West Regional title, the program’s first since 2000.


In Knauer’s tenure, 15 UA golfers have earned All-America honors and 25 have garnered all-Pac-10 Conference accolades.  He has been a part of three NCAA Regional championship teams and 10 NCAA Championship qualifying teams in his 11-plus seasons as a Division I assistant.


Knauer 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.

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