May 12, 2004
Men's assistant golf coach Bowen Sargent was named a finalist for the Jan Stickland Assistant Coach of the Year Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Sargent is a finalist along with Auburn's Ryan Cabbage and Kansas' Roy Edwards.
"Obviously this is a great honor," Sargent said. "I know the winner last year, Mike McGraw of Oklahoma State, does a great job for that program. To be in the same company as him is a great honor as far as I am concerned. I know the other two assistants very well and they are quite deserving of this award. It is nice to be honored by your peers."
Sargent is in his third season as assistant coach for the Vols. He came to the Vols from North Carolina State, where he was an accomplished golfer for the Wolfpack from 1987-92. Sargent was a two-time All-America selection, as well as a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer. He also was the 1986 Tennessee State Juniors Champion.
"I feel it is very appropriate that Bowen Sargent is a finalist for this award," said head coach Jim Kelson. "Bowen has been an outstanding assistant coach for our golf program over the past three years. He has been an enormous help to both our players and myself. I truly hope that Bowen wins this award because I cannot think of anyone more deserving."
The Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf is given to the NCAA Division I, II, III or NAIA assistant coach that has excelled in working with their student-athletes on the course as well as the classroom. The recipient of this award has the opportunity to further their professional development by being a guest of TaylorMade-adidas Golf Kingdom in Carlsbad, Calif.
The Vol golf team continues post season play, May 20-22, in the NCAA East Regional at Yale Golf Club in New Haven, Conn.