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Amos takes over as ETSU men’s golf coach

By Joe Avento • Jun 17, 2019 at 6:45 PM

JOHNSON CITY — Jake Amos was introduced as the new men’s golf coach at East Tennessee State on Monday, officially assuming a role for which he has been groomed over the past year.

Amos replaces longtime coach Fred Warren, a member of the Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and becomes the third coach in the program’s 61-year history.

“I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time, since I’ve gotten into coaching,” Amos said during a news conference at the school’s Warren-Greene Golf Center. “I’m really excited I found a place that I can be successful at. Coach Warren’s teed it up for me with all the support and the facilities we have.”

Amos spent the past year as the team’s associate head coach, and it was all but certain he’d become the next head coach. Warren even let Amos lead the recruiting efforts because he’d be the one coaching the new players.

“I am extremely honored and proud to be only the third head coach of the program,” Amos said. “The history and achievements of this program are truly incredible and that is a credit to the coaches that have come before me. Coach Warren has left the program in a position where it can continue to be successful and I want to thank him for that.”

Amos, a native of Leicester, England, has been an assistant at South Carolina, Purdue and South Florida. As a player, he was on the 2010 Augusta State national championship team.

“The future has never been brighter for our ETSU men’s golf program, and I am excited to announce Jake Amos as the head coach of Buccaneer men’s golf,” ETSU athletic director Scott Carter said. “I could not be more proud and thankful for the way coach Fred Warren and Coach Amos have worked together during this year of leadership transition. I, along with every Buccaneer, offer tremendous gratitude to Fred Warren for his dedication and loyal leadership in building our nationally competitive and respected men’s golf program over the past 33 years.”

Amos joked that he was never recruited by Warren even though he wanted to attend ETSU. For a while, most of the team’s roster was from the United Kingdom or Ireland.

“He was signing all my friends,” Amos said. “I’m British and he’s had a history of unbelievable British golfers. Back home in the UK, ETSU’s a big name. So I’ve known about it since I was in the recruiting process.”

At Augusta State, Amos was an All-American and an NCAA regional medalist. He was on the NCAA champion team that included Patrick Reed, the 2018 Masters champion.

Having won a national title at a mid-major is a popular topic of conversation with recruits.

“We didn’t think we were a mid-major,” Amos said. “We were really talented and we were hungry. We had a chip on our shoulder. We showed up in a crappy, old van and people were flying private and we beat them. That’s kind of my personality. I want players who think the same way I do.

“It’s a great experience and something the guys and recruits ask me about a lot. There was no secret formula. We just won.”

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