June 29, 2010
Conway - Coastal Carolina University head men's golf coach Allen Terrell has named Tommy Wiegand (pronounced WIG-end) assistant coach, replacing Chris Wilson who left earlier this month for a similar post at Air Force.
"First, I would like to say we are very excited for (former assistant) Chris and (his wife) Heather for the opportunity they have in Colorado Springs," Terrell said. "Chris made a positive impact on our program in his two years at CCU. I wish we could have kept him at Coastal but the opportunity at Air Force was too good to pass up. The Air Force Academy is very lucky to get a coach with Chris's talents.
"Replacing a coach like Chris is a difficult challenge. Thankfully, we discovered a rising star in the coaching world and a great fit for our program. In my time on the PGA Tour, I was able to get to know Tommy and his passion for college student-athletes. He brings a unique blend of knowledge between the business side of the professional golf and his understanding of what it takes to be successful in the classroom and on the course. I'm excited Tommy has decided to join the coaching ranks.
"Most of our players come to Coastal with the goal of playing professional golf. Coach Wiegand has the first hand knowledge to properly advise them for this potential life. As well, Tommy will be our point man in recruiting. I have high expectations and feel he will continue to help us attract first class student-athletes to CCU."
Wiegand spent the last two years working for Wasserman Media Group, a sports marketing and management firm based in Los Angeles. During his time at Wasserman, Wiegand worked within the golf industry as a sports agent managing and advising his players' professional careers, as well as negotiating corporate sponsorships. Some of the players that Wasserman represents include Hunter Mahan, JJ Henry, Matt Jones, Suzann Pettersen and Vicky Hurst, to name a few. Wiegand's roles also expanded into recruiting, which included evaluating talent within the professional ranks as well as on the amateur level.
Prior to his time on the west coast, the Avon Lake, Ohio, native was a four-year letterman at annual NCAA participant Kent State.
With the Golden Flashes, Wiegand shared medalist honors twice at the Mid-American Conference Championships (2005 and '06). In addition, he was the MAC Freshman of the Year, a two-time, first team All-MAC selection and two-time All-MAC Tournament honoree.
In 2006 as a sophomore, Wiegand shot a three-under 285 (73-69-68-75) and earned Academic All-MAC honors while leading Kent State to the MAC team title and an NCAA Central Regional berth.
En route to earning his MAC Freshman of the Year Award, Wiegand shared MAC medalist honors, posting an 11-under 277 (72-71-70-64) with his final-round 64 ranking second-lowest score in KSU history. Afterwards, Wiegand was the team's top finisher at the NCAA Central Regional.
Wiegand is familiar with Coastal Carolina, posting a four-over 220 while playing at Kent State at the 2007 General Hackler Championship, the Chanticleers' annual home tournament.
Prior to Kent State, Wiegand led St. Ignatius High School to the 2001 and 2002 OHSAA State Championships.