April 9, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - On Tuesday, Tennessee men's assistant golf coach Casey VanDamme was named a semifinalists for the Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf.
The semifinalists are selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and presented to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA or NJCAA assistant coach that has excelled in working with their student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom.
"It's an honor in itself just to be a semifinalists for this award," VanDamme said. "I take a lot of pride in what I do so to be thought of this highly by your peers is something special".
VanDamme is in his fourth season with head coach Jim Kelson and the Tennessee program. In the 2012-13 season, VanDamme has helped the Vols capture two team championships and four individual championships.
In addition to VanDamme, the seven other semifinalists are Carter Collins of Georgia Southern, Florida's John Handrigan, Chris Hill of Houston, Northwestern's David Inglis, Brian Kortan of New Mexico, Ryan Murphy of Texas, Stanford's Phil Rowe, and Wake Forest's Daniel Walters.
Texas A&M's Jim Anderson was last year's Strickland Award winner.
The Strickland Award recipient will have the opportunity to further his professional development by receiving an invitation to the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Kingdom in Carlsbad, Calif.
TaylorMade-adidas Golf has sponsored the Strickland Award since its inception in 2003.