Justin Emil, who spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt, has been named head coach at Rice. Emil replaces Drew Scott, who resigned in the spring.
During his time at Vanderbilt, the Commodores won three team championships – the Samford Intercollegiate, the 2009 Seminole Intercollegiate and the 2008 Kauai Collegiate Cup – and boasted four individual winners while earning postseason NCAA berths in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
Emil played college golf at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was a four-year letterman. He earned Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors in 2000 and was named All-Conference USA Second Team following his senior season in 2003. Emil has also qualified for the United State Amateur Championships in 2002 (Oakland Hills) and 2003 (Oakmont)
“It is a great honor to be a part of such a prestigious institution and I am really looking forward to working with the current team of fine young men and a staff full of wonderful people in athletics,” Emil said. “Many thanks to Rick Greenspan and Leslie Claybrook (senior associate athletic director) for their hard work during busy times in college athletics.”