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Gamecocks Hire Jake Amos as Men's Golf Associate Head Coach
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Gamecocks Hire Jake Amos as Men's Golf Associate Head Coach

June 24, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina and head men’s golf coach Bill McDonald are proud to announce that Jake Amos has been hired as the associate head coach of the Gamecock men’s golf program. Amos joins the Carolina family after a successful two-year stint as an assistant coach at Purdue University.

“We are excited to announce the hiring of Jake Amos as our associate head coach,” McDonald said. “We welcome him and his native South Carolinian wife, Dani, into our family. Jake will bring some great energy and expertise to the position and I am looking forward to working with him.”

“I was very excited when Coach McDonald contacted me and offered me a chance to work with him at South Carolina,” Amos said. “I have known Coach McDonald since my playing days at Augusta State; he’s an awesome guy, and I knew it would be a great fit for me and my family. He has established a major golf program at South Carolina, and I am excited to be a part of that and help continue to compete for SEC and NCAA Championships.”

Amos has been on staff at Purdue since 2014, helping guide the Boilermakers to two of the most successful seasons in school history. Purdue won three tournaments in 2015-16, the fifth-highest single-season total in program history, and it was one of just two Big Ten teams to qualify for the NCAA Championship after finishing fifth at the NCAA Stillwater Regional.

Purdue finished the 2015-16 season ranked 32nd according to Golfstat, its highest finish since 2005, and graduated senior Austin Eoff was honored as the program’s first First-Team All-Big Ten selection since 2013. Amos also helped the Purdue team achieve the two lowest 54-hole scores in program history last season, and thanks to his leadership, he was honored as a semifinalist for the Jan Strickland Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach.

Amos also helped guide Purdue to the NCAA Lubbock Regional in 2014-15, his first season in West Lafayette, Ind., and the Boilermakers finished the year ranked 55th. Purdue tied for fifth at Regionals, just missing out on the NCAA Championship, while Eoff was a PING All-Midwest Region selection.

Prior to joining the staff at Purdue, Amos spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at USF in Tampa, Fla. In his one season with the Bulls, Amos helped USF advance to NCAA Regionals and finish the season ranked 33rd in the nation. Amos guided Chase Koepka to PING All-America honors, the first such award at USF since 1989.

Amos graduated from Augusta University (formerly Augusta State) in 2010 with a bachelor’s in sociology and was a three-year member of the Jaguar men’s golf program. Amos was a member of the Augusta program that won the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, the school’s first national title. After graduation, he served as a volunteer assistant in 2011 as the Jaguars repeated as NCAA champions.

After graduating from Augusta, Amos spent three seasons playing professionally, including stops on the Tour and throughout Europe.

“Jake’s experience playing on National Championship teams is invaluable, and everyone in college golf respects the job that he and Purdue Head Coach Rob Bradley have done the past few years with the Boilermaker golf program,” McDonald added. “Jake’s extensive recruiting contacts will expand our base of opportunities to find talent, and he has already proven he is excellent developing roster players as well. I feel very fortunate to have Jake joining us and to have him help Carolina Golf continue its success, both on the course and in the classroom.”

A native of Leicester, England, Amos represented his native country internationally at both the under-16 and under-18 levels. He wife, Dani, is a native of Barnwell, S.C., and the couple is expecting their first child in September.