Andrew Pratt begins his second season as the assistant coach with the Lady Vol golf team after helping lead the Big Orange back to the NCAA Championships in his first season.
A 2004 Tennessee graduate, Pratt was a standout golfer on the Tennessee men's team before spending four years playing golf professionally on the Nationwide Tour.
Two of Pratt's biggest strengths while playing at UT and professionally were his short game (putting, chipping and bunker play) and course management skills (knowing when and how to play a certain shot), his knowledge in those areas is a huge asset to the Orange and White.
The Bartlett, Tenn., native's professional and collegiate experience proved to be an immediate asset to the Lady Vols' program in 2008-09, as UT bounced back from a slow start in the fall to cap the season by placing fourth at the SEC Championships, third at the NCAA East Regional and 17th at the NCAA Championships.
"One of the reasons why Judi hired me was to help her team improve its overall short game," Pratt said. "We worked extremely hard last fall, not only on their short games, but also on their decision making on the course. The hard work that these young ladies put in started to pay off in the spring. Judi's work with their full swings along with my additional teaching has given this team the overall instruction that it will need to succeed in the SEC. This season's team has the opportunity to be one of the best in Lady Vol golf history."
After dropping to No. 72 in the Golfstat rankings in the fall, the Lady Vols' outstanding spring gave them a season-ending ranking of No. 20.
In Golfstat's various statistical categories, the Lady Vols made a significant leap in rankings during Pratt's first season.
In total short game, Tennessee improved from 67th in 2007-08 to 31st in 2008-09.
The Lady Vols also improved in sand saves, from 59th to 27th, three putts, 69th to 27th, putts per green in regulation, 36th to 18th, and average putts per round, 80th to 16th.
During his professional career on the Nationwide Tour, Pratt had five top-10 finishes, including a runner-up performance at the 2005 Xerox Classic. He also was the 2004 and 2005 Tennessee State Open Champion, and the 2004 Tennessee State Amateur Champion. By winning the 2004 Tennessee State Open and State Amateur Championship, Pratt became only the third player in Tennessee golf history to capture both titles in the same year.
He played in four consecutive U.S. Amateur Championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003) and the 2004 British Amateur Championship.
While at UT, Pratt competed at the 2000 and 2003 NCAA Championships, earned All-SEC Second Team honors in 2002 and was a two-time Academic All-American. In 2003, he led the Vols to a fourth-place finish at the SEC Championships by firing a 211 (72-69-70) to place fourth individually.
Pratt is married to UT alum Sara Buff Pratt, and they reside in Knoxville. They are expecting their first child in April. Outside of golf, Pratt enjoys fly-fishing and the outdoors.
- UT improved from 67th to 31st in total short game in 2008-09, including from 80th to 16th in average putts per round
- Lady Vols finished fourth at 2009 SEC Championship and third at NCAA East Regional
- Helped Big Orange return to NCAAs
- Spent four years playing golf professionally on the NGA Hooter's and Nationwide Tours
- Five top-10 finishes on the Nationwide Tour
- Runner-up at 2005 Xerox Classic
- Tennessee State Open Champion (2004-05)
- Played in four consecutive U.S. Amateurs
- Earned second-team All-SEC (2002)
- Two-time Academic All-American
- Fourth at 2003 SEC Championships