Born: Aug. 3, 1977 (Escanaba, Mich.)
Wife: Jill Gobert VanDamme
Children: Madelyn, Claire and Andrew
Mid Peninsula High School, Rock, Mich.
Northern Michigan University 2000
Northern Michigan, 1996-2000
Now in his fourth season, VanDamme has helped the Vols equal their best postseason stretch in school history with three consecutive trips to the NCAA Championship Finals for the first time since the mid-1990s.
VanDamme took over as assistant coach for the Vols after learning the trade under renowned golf instructor Jim McLean. VanDamme spent seven years at the Jim McLean Golf School in both Palm Springs, Calif., and Traverse City, Mich., becoming the youngest Master Instructor in school history.
"Casey joined our staff as a very accomplished pro golf instructor," Vols head coach Jim Kelson said. "Teaching and instruction have been focal points in our program for several years. These two components are really at the core of our program here at UT."
VanDamme's teaching experience included working with some of the finest players on the PGA Tour, and he was an on-site teaching professional to a participant in the 2009 PGA Championship.
"I continue to be impressed with Casey's knowledge of the game and his understanding and expertise as a teacher of golf," Kelson said. "He possesses a thorough and complex understanding of the mechanics of a golf swing, but his methods of teaching and development are simplified for his students.
"This unique ability ideally qualifies Casey to be a member of our staff." VanDamme brought a dozen years of golf instruction to the Vols.
In his UT debut season, VanDamme coached three golfers to postseason SEC honors. David Holmes and Robin Wingardh were named to the All-SEC second team, while Jay Vandeventer was a Freshman All-SEC selection. Last year, Wingardh again was named All-SEC second team and Danny Keddie earned Freshman All-SEC honors.
VanDamme began his collegiate golf career at Marquette before finishing at Northern Michigan, where he graduated in 2000. He started his tenure under Jim McLean in 1998 while still playing for the Wildcats. He also played professionally on the NGA Hooters Tour from 2003-04.
VanDamme served from 2006-09 as athletics director at Mid Peninsula High School in Rock, Mich., while spending summers since 2005 with the CVD Golf Academy in Gladstone, Mich. He also served in 2008 as head golf professional at LochenHeath Golf Club in Traverse City.
VanDamme and his wife, the former Jill Gobert, both are natives of Escanaba, Mich. They live in Knoxville with their daughters, Madelyn and Claire, and son, Andrew.