Bryce Wallor enters his fifth season as part of the Volunteers' golf coaching staff. In July 2008, Tennessee men's golf assistant coach was promoted to the position of Director of Instruction/Player Development announced by head coach Jim Kelson.
Wallor was named the assistant coach on June 3, 2004, and has been serving in that role since that time. Wallor replaced Bowen Sargent, who became the men's head coach at Virginia.
"Since his arrival in 2004, Bryce has done an exemplary job of teaching and developing our players," Kelson said. "It is only appropriate that I name him our Director of Instruction/Player Development. He has made an enormous difference in helping our players better understand their games.
"There is no question that Bryce has played a major role in both our players and program's progression. We feel fortunate that Bryce will continue to be part of our coaching staff at the University of Tennessee."
Since Wallor joined the UT coaching staff, the Vols have had some of their most successful seasons in program history. Tennessee has compiled a record of 560-334-13 (.624) and advanced to the NCAA Regional five straight years.
In 2005, the Vols finished second at the NCAA Central Regional, the highest finish in school history, and in 2007 the Volunteers brought home the school's third SEC Golf Championship.
"I would like to thank Coach Kelson for giving me the opportunity to come to Tennessee and for the opportunity he has given me to coach and to grow as an assistant coach," Wallor said. "I really appreciate his vote of confidence to promote me and I look forward to the future at Tennessee."
Wallor has coached three All-America honorees, David Skinns and Ross McGowan in 2005 and most recently Charlie Ford in 2006.
In May 2008, Wallor was named a finalist for the Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade-Adidas Golf announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The Strickland Award is given to the NCAA Division I, II, III or NAIA coach that, among others things, has excelled in working with their student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom.
Wallor came to the Vols with an accomplished golf career that includes a two-year stint as men's head coach at Connecticut (2000-02). As head coach, he improved the Huskies 47 spots in the national polls, as well as upping their tournament scoring average by 12 strokes per round. Before he was at UConn, he served as an assistant coach at Davidson (1999-2000).
Professional highlights include director of golf instruction at Narragansett Country Club in Narragansett, R.I., and Highland Ridge Golf Center in Mansfield, Conn., teaching professional at Dana Rader Golf Institute in Charlotte, N.C., assistant professional at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Fla., and a sales representative for the Golfers' Warehouse in Cranston, R.I.
In 2002, Wallor won the Rhode Island State Open and competed on the 2003 New England Professional Golf Tour.
Wallor competed collegiately at the University of Rhode Island from 1993-98, helping lead the Rams to two NCAA East Regional appearances. He was team captain in 1997-98 and individual champion at the 1997 Bob Toski Invitational.
He returned to Rhode Island during the 2002-03 season and served as a volunteer assistant coach. In 1998 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.
|THE WALLOR FILE|
|Birthdate: June 1, 1974, Providence, R.I.|
|High School: Cranston High School East|
|College: University of Rhode Island, 1998 (B.S.)|
|College Golf: University of Rhode Island, 1993-98|
|Playing Highlight: Rhode Island State Open Champion, 2000|
|Coaching Career: Assistant coach, Davidson, 1999-2000; Head coach, University of Connecticut, 2000-02; Volunteer assistant coach, Rhode Island, 2002-03, Assistant coach, Tennessee, 2004-07, Director of Instruction/Player Development, Tennessee, 2008-present|