July 23, 2009
ORLANDO, Fla. - UCF has hired Bryce Wallor as its men's golf coach, Director of Athletics and Executive Vice President Keith Tribble announced Thursday. Wallor comes to Orlando after five successful seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee.
During his time with the Volunteers, Wallor helped the program make five trips to the NCAA Regionals, with the squad advancing to the NCAA Championships on three occasions. In 2009, the Vols placed second at the NCAA Northeast Regional and then finished 12th at the NCAA Championship.
"Bryce's experience and enthusiasm make him the perfect fit to lead our men's golf program," Tribble said. "In Bryce, we have found a coach who will ensure that UCF will remain one of the elite programs in the country. As an assistant, he helped Tennessee achieve great success. We are confident that under Bryce, UCF will continue to win championships."
"I am extremely excited and honored that UCF has selected me as the head men's golf coach," Wallor said. "I look forward to adding to the great tradition of the program. It is a very exciting time at UCF, as a university, athletics department and as a golf program. I look forward to putting in a lot of hard work and creating great memories for the UCF program."
The Knights boast one of the premier golf facilities in the country. The UCF Practice Facility, which features a teaching building with hitting bays and a player lounge, six-acre short game area and a driving range, was completed in spring 2009 and is located at the Twin Rivers Golf Club near campus.
In July 2008, Wallor was promoted to Tennessee's director of instruction/player development by head coach Jim Kelson. Tennessee claimed eight tournament championships during Wallor's tenure, including the Southeastern Conference title in 2007.
This past season, the Vols recorded five top-three finishes. The team finished the year ranked 11th in the Golfstat NCAA Head-to-Head Standings and 17th according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. A pair of Tennessee golfers - David Holmes and Chris Paisley - earned PING All-America honors. Wallor mentored five All-America golfers at Tennessee.
In both 2008 and 2009, Wallor was a candidate for the Jan Strickland Award, which is presented to the top assistant coach in the nation by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Wallor arrived at Tennessee with an impressive golf résumé. From 2000-02, he served as the head coach at Connecticut, where he helped the Huskies improve 47 spots in the national polls. He also worked as an assistant coach at Davidson from 1999-00.
Before starting his coaching career, Wallor was the director of golf instruction at the Narragansett Country Club in Rhode Island and the Highland Ridge Golf Center in Connecticut. Additionally, he served as the teaching professional at the Dana Rader Golf Institute in North Carolina, and as an assistant professional at the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando.
Wallor was a student-athlete at Rhode Island from 1993-98, helping the Rams qualify for the NCAA East Regionals four times. He was team captain as a senior and took medalist honors at the 1997 Bob Toski Invitational. Wallor, who worked as a volunteer assistant coach at Rhode Island in 2002-03, graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications in 1998.
After concluding his collegiate career, Wallor won the 2002 Rhode Island State Open and competed on the 2003 New England Professional Golf Tour.
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