Tennessee volunteer assistant coach Randy Wylie began working with the UT golf program during two seasons (2000-01) spent as Jim Kelson's assistant coach.
Wylie was Tennessee's PGA of America Section Teacher of the Year for 2010, as voted by the PGA membership throughout the state. He already was named the Knoxville area's PGA Teacher of the Year for a second straight season and the third time since 2004.
"The award was especially meaningful to me because it is given by a vote of my peers," said Wylie, an instructor at Knoxville's Fairways and Greens Golf Center. "I was very honored to receive the award and certainly enjoy what I can do to promote the game I love."
Wylie has been a consensus Golf Digest "Best Teacher in Tennessee" since 2003.
"It is very unusual that an instructor receives that award in consecutive years, and it speaks volumes to his level of expertise," Kelson said. "Randy has played a huge role in our program's development over the past 12 seasons. We are very fortunate to have such a skilled volunteer assistant."
A 2008 inductee to the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame, Wylie won the 1984 Greater Knoxville Amateur and then played professionally for nine years. He was a member of the 1997 and 1998 Asian Golf Tour and made the cut in two U.S. Opens -- 1990 at Medinah Country Club in suburban Chicago, and 1997 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
Wylie's father, former Holston Hills Country Club Director John Wylie, entered the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. That made 2008 honor for Randy Wylie much more special.
"We have been close forever," Wylie said. "We're like best friends. I just knew how excited and happy he was going to be (when he heard the news). That made me even happier."
Wylie graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in finance after being awarded All-Southwest Conference honors for his college golf successes.
He is married to Jennifer Schneider Wylie, a senior sales executive for WIVK Radio in Knoxville.
"The confidence I have in Randy and his decision making is second to none. To say he has been a tremendous help would be an understatement. I can guarantee that no other volunteer assistant coach comes remotely close to putting in the hours that Randy devotes to our program." - Head coach Jim Kelson