Casey  VanDamme

Casey VanDamme

Director of Instruction/Player Development


The VanDamme File

The Facts
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

College Golf
Marquette 1995-96
Northern Michigan, 1996-2000

Casey VanDamme arrived on the Tennessee golf scene and made immediate inroads.

Entering his sixth season, VanDamme has helped the Vols equal their best postseason stretch in school history with four trips to the NCAA Championship Finals in five years.

During VanDamme's tenure at Tennessee:

  • Had two amateurs playing in the 2014 Masters (Only the third time in Masters history)
  • Coached 2013 British Amateur Champion Garrick Porteous and 2013 US Amateur runner up Oliver Goss
  • Seven tournament wins and first No. 1 ranking in school history
  • Coached four All-Americans, five All-Region selections, one first team SEC, and four second team SEC honorees
  • Coached three SEC All-Freshman team members
  • Coached Rick Lamb to a 2013 NCAA Finals runner-up individual finish
  • Individual's accomplishments: Nine tournament wins, 32 top 5's, 71 top 10's, and 138 top 25's
  • Six semesters in-a-row with the highest Tennessee men's sport GPA
  • 2012 and 2013 Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the year semi-finalist
  • 2014 Assistant Coach of the Year, University of Tennessee

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. The next 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.



  • Loading Tweets...
    1 second ago