John Knauer enters his ninth season as assistant men’s golf coach at the
With more than 11 years of experience as a Division I assistant, Knauer has been a part of three teams that have captured NCAA Regional championships and has advanced to the NCAA Championships 10 times. He was a part of the Texas A&M staff that won the NCAA Central Regional in 1996 and the
Since joining the UA staff in the fall of 1998, Knauer’s efforts have helped the Wildcats win 15 tournaments, including the 2000 CGF Match Play national championship, and advance to eight NCAA Championships.
Knauer was also instrumental in helping
His efforts were rewarded in 2005-06, as Knauer was earned the Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year Award, presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf. He will serve as the Palmer Cup assistant coach in 2007. Knauer was also a finalist for the honor in 2004-05.
In the last eight years, 17 UA golfers have earned All-America accolades and 25 players were named all-Pac-10 Conference. Knauer’s influence helped the Wildcats to back-to-back third-place finishes at the 2000 and 2001 NCAA Championships and a string of three straight top-10 NCAA finishes.
His successes on the recruiting trail have helped maintain
“John has been a big plus for our program and I am excited to have him on our team,” said UA director of golf Rick LaRose. “He is a well-known figure on the national junior golf scene, especially in
Knauer also heads the Wildcat junior varsity program. Under his direction, the UA JV has 23 top-10 finishes against NCAA Division I varsity competition, including three tournament victories over the last six seasons. The program’s scoring average has improved in each of the last four seasons.
The 2005-06 Wildcat JV enjoyed a stellar campaign, compiling one team win and posting five top-five finishes in seven starts. In the end, the squad tallied a 71.94 countable stroke average, easily the lowest in recent years.
En route to six top-10 finishes in 2004-05, the Wildcat JV’s 72.64 countable stroke average was the lowest in Knauer’s tenure. All told, UA golfers posted at least one top-10 finish in four of six junior varsity outings, including one individual medalist.
The 2003-04 UA junior varsity was almost as good, tallying four top-10 finishes as a team to go with three individual efforts.
The JV tallied one tournament win and another top-five finish in four events in 2002-03. All told, the junior varsity’s countable stroke average was a respectable 73.54 in those four appearances.
Knauer guided the Wildcat JV to a pair of top-five finishes in four events in 2000-01 and lowered its scoring average by nearly nine strokes per round.
He came to Tucson from Texas A&M, where he served as assistant coach with the Aggies for four years (1995-98), including one season as a volunteer assistant. Knauer was a key figure in helping Texas A&M to two NCAA Championship appearances in his tenure. In fact, those are two of only three championship appearances the Aggies have made since the regional format was adopted in 1988.
A native of
Knauer was a four-year letterman at