Aug. 15, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
University of Alabama men's golf coach Jay Seawell
named PGA of America club professional Jon Howell to fill the assistant coach opening on his staff Friday.
"I'm really excited to have Jon on board," Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. "He has done a fabulous job of developing and teaching young players as a PGA Professional. He will be extremely valuable to our current players from an instruction standpoint and will be a tremendous benefit on the recruiting trail as someone who really understands junior golf. I am looking forward to working with him and continuing to make Alabama golf the best it can be."
Howell comes to Tuscaloosa after over three and half years as the director of golf instruction at the Country Club of Jackson (Miss.), where he developed a track record for developing some of the top junior players in the nation.
"This is just a phenomenal opportunity," Howell said. "To coach at the collegiate level is something I have always wanted to do, but I just needed to find the right situation, and there is no better situation than at the University of Alabama. Golf instruction has been my background but Coach Seawell had an opening and it was just a perfect fit, not only professionally, but for my family as well. Moving forward I am excited to get the players on campus and begin building relationships with this team. Jay has done an unbelievable job with this program and I excited to be a part of it, and I'm ready to hit the ground running."
Howell's duties for the Crimson Tide will include assisting Seawell in day-to-day operations of the program while also serving as the recruiting coordinator and assisting in player development. He will also serve as the Director of the Alabama Golf Academy while overseeing alumni relations and the Crimson Tide Open. A member of the PGA of America, Howell attended Mississippi State's professional golf management program, graduating in 2010.
Howell replaces Mike McGraw, who was named the head coach at Baylor this summer after one year and one NCAA Championship in Tuscaloosa. Howell is the fourth assistant coach in as many years for the Crimson Tide with each assistant landing a head coaching job. McGraw had replaced Roby Bradley, who was named the head coach at Purdue following the Crimson Tide's 2013 NCAA Championship victory. Bradley had replaced Scott Limbaugh, who took over the Vanderbilt program in the summer of 2012, after Alabama's NCAA runner-up finish.
Howell is married to the former Kay Nobles and the couple have a daughter Sadie.
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