Tide hires men's golf coach

TUSCALOOSA - Jay Seawell, 35, who guided Augusta State to a fifth place NCAA Division I finish this past season, has been hired as head men's golf coach at the University of Alabama.

During his tenure as a head collegiate coach, he advanced Augusta State to four NCAA tournament appearances, including the team finals in three of the last four seasons.

"I am very excited about the challenge of being the golf coach at the University of Alabama. The sports tradition at Alabama is an exciting thing to become a part of," said Seawell. "I'm looking forward to taking Alabama to the highest level with goals of winning championships, SEC and national championships."

The Anderson, S.C., native has produced six All-Americans, including Augusta State's first 1st team All-American in 2002. He's also coached four U.S. Amateur participants including on U.S. Amateur semi-finalist, five Palmer Cup participants, one Walker Cup team member, an a NCAA runner-up to the individual national champion.

His success at Augusta State has included six tournament championships since 1998. Before joining the ASU staff, Seawell was head men's golf coach at Anderson College from 1991 through 1996 and again in 1997-98 until he got the ASU job in the summer of 1998. Anderson College won five consecutive Region 10 championships during that time, and Seawell's success earned him the Region Coach of the Year awards all five of those years.

"We are very proud to have Jay Seawell join our staff as a head coach," said University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore. "I've followed his career over the last two or three years through some friends who live in Augusta, and I've been very impressed. He will be an asset to our athletics department and the future of the University of Alabama golf program looks bright."

Seawell is familiar with Southeastern Conference golf, not only because his Augusta State teams routinely played in regional tournaments with SEC teams but because he was a golfer at the University of South Carolina where he was graduated in 1988 with a bachelor of science in Hotel and Restaurant Management. At USC he won the "Most Improved Player" team awards in 1984 and 1985. He also served president of the Gamecocks' Fellowship of Christian Athletes while he was a student there.

He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children, Brooke, Jackson and Lauren.

BamaMag Top Stories