Texas A&M assistant to head UA men’s golf

TUCSON, Ariz. – Texas A&M assistant coach Jim Anderson has been selected to take over the men’s golf head coaching duties at the University of Arizona, athletics director Greg Byrne announced Thursday.

Anderson spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Texas A&M, during which the Aggies won seven tournament titles and 81 percent of their matches. He was the winner of the 2012 Jan Strickland Award as the assistant coach of the year by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to coach at the University of Arizona and represent this state and the athletic department,” Anderson said.  “I have a great deal of respect for Greg Byrne and am excited to join a family of Wildcats who compete often for conference and national championships.”

Prior to his tenure at Texas A&M, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach at New Mexico, his alma mater.

“We are thrilled to name Jim Anderson as our men’s golf coach,” said Byrne.  “He has a tremendous background in recruiting, coaching and helping manage all of the aspects of one of the top men’s golf programs in the country.  We look forward to him leading our student-athletes to success on the course and in the classroom for many years to come.”

Anderson, 31, is a native of Sioux Falls, S.D. He graduated from New Mexico in 2003 with a B.S. in business administration/human resource management and earned a master’s degree in sport administration from the same institution in 2004. Anderson and his wife, Nita, have a daughter, Jolee (6 months).

He succeeds Rick LaRose, who retired at the end of the 2011-12 campaign after 34 seasons as the head coach. He is only the sixth coach in the history of the program, which dates back to 1934.

“I’m very excited to join a program with the rich history of success that Arizona enjoys,” said Anderson. “So much of that is due to Coach LaRose and his players, and I look forward to carrying on that winning tradition.”