FORT MYERS, Fla., - Following the resignation of women’s golf head coach Holly Vaughn (effective October 14, 2007), Florida Gulf Coast University Athletics Director Carl McAloose has announced that Dr. Jim Suttie and John Paul Meyer will assume coaching responsibilities of the women’s golf team beginning on October 15, 2007 for the remainder of the 2007-08 season.
“I believe that it is in the best interest of the program to begin a national search for a head coach at the end of the current 2007-08 season,” stated McAloose. “It is very difficult to replace a coach in the middle of the season, but we are very fortunate to already have two tremendous golf coaches on staff who will help the program as we transition to Division I. Dr. Suttie is recognized throughout the golf community as one of the top instructors throughout the world and JP has done an outstanding job serving as both the men’s and women’s assistant for the past six years. They will both do a fantastic job with our current student-athletes and will work hard in recruiting for our future coach.”
Dr. Suttie is in his eighth season as men’s golf head coach. With the assistance of Meyer, Suttie helped elevate the men’s program to one of the top Division II programs, winning 20 tournaments and posting 45 top five finishes in the first seven years of the program. Last season, during the Eagles’ final season of Division II, the FGCU men’s team was ranked #1 in the country and qualified for the National Championship. Dr. Suttie is an educational consultant to the National Golf Foundation, Dr. Suttie was honored as the 2000 National PGA Teacher of the Year. He has worked with many PGA and LPGA touring professionals including Paul Azinger, Chip Beck, Fred Funk, Carin Koch, Vicki Goetze Ackerman, Steve Flesch, Silvia Cavalleri and Loren Roberts. Dr. Suttie has been seen frequently on the Golf Channel and conducts numerous seminars for the PGA.
Prior to joining the staff at FGCU, Suttie was the head golf coach at Northwestern University from 1986-1998. He also spent three seasons as the head coach and director of the Golf Management Program at Methodist College, where his teams twice finished as the NCAA Division III national runners-up. Suttie was also the head coach at Eastern Kentucky University and coached six all-Americans – including Paul Azinger. His team finished as national runner-up in three years as head coach at Brevard Community College. Suttie received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physical Education from Northern Illinois University. He earned a doctorate degree in Physical Education with an emphasis on biomechanics from Middle Tennessee State University. Coach Meyer is currently in his sixth season as assistant coach to the men’s and women’s golf programs at FGCU.
Coach Meyer has been primarily responsible for scheduling, recruiting, and organizing practices. He also oversees all administrative aspects of the program including compliance, academics as well as organizing team travel.
“I was very surprised to hear Coach Vaughn had resigned,” said Courtney Figueroa a FGCU freshman women’s golfer from Naples. “I feel very good about the decision to have Dr. Suttie and Coach Meyer lead us during the remainder of the season. I am confident FGCU will hire an outstanding Coach.”
The women’s golf team will compete in the LPGA International Xavier Invitational October 13, in Daytona, Fla.