March 31, 2014
On Friday, Carson-Newman Director of Athletics Allen Morgan has announced the hiring of former University of Tennessee volunteer assistant men's golf coach Randy Wylie to be Carson-Newman's new head men's golf coach.
Wylie was introduced to the Carson-Newman and Jefferson City communities during a press conference Monday at 11 a.m. (ET).
While at Tennessee, Wylie spent over a decade with the Tennessee men's golf program as both an assistant and volunteer assistant coach, serving most recently under head coach Jim Kelson.
"We are thrilled for Randy and his family. Becoming the head men's golf coach at Carson-Newman is a wonderful opportunity for Randy both personally and professionally," Kelson said. "Carson-Newman is getting a great golf coach. Additionally they are getting an even better person.
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Randy Wylie for over thirty-three years. The effort that he put forth over the past fifteen years will have no equal. By conservative estimate, Randy has devoted over 11,000 hours to our program.
"Randy's expertise in teaching and developing our players has made an indelible mark on Tennessee men's golf. Any of the success we may have had since 1999 can in a large part, be directly tied to Randy's influence, commitment and dedication to our program."
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.
Wylie has been a consensus Golf Digest "Best Teacher in Tennessee" since 2003.
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 has taught more than 30 juniors who have gone on to play golf at the collegiate level and he coached five All-Americans at UT.
"Beyond golf, Randy has been an incredible friend to every one of our players," Kelson said. "He truly was able to forge lifetime relationships with each and every one of our players and staff.
"For me personally, Randy was an invaluable resource. He helped me immeasurably in a variety of ways. To say he will be sorely missed would be an understatement.
"On behalf of each of our current and former players we want to express our appreciation to Randy and his wife Jenni for all his time and efforts over the past fifteen years. We would also like to wish Randy all the best in his new position. We know that he will make the same mark at Carson-Newman that he made at the University of Tennessee."
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.
To view the complete C-N press release, click HERE.