Tulane tabs Andrew Pratt as women’s coach
Friday, August 26, 2011
Tulane University Director of Athletics Rick Dickson announced today the hiring of Andrew Pratt as the Green Wave’s new head women’s golf coach. Pratt becomes the fourth head coach in the 22-year history of the Tulane women’s golf program.
Pratt inherits a program that has competed in three consecutive NCAA regionals and two of the past three NCAA Championships. Tulane has won two of the past three Conference USA titles, and three Green Wave players have been named the C-USA Golfer of the Year in as many seasons. Tulane, No. 23 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, returns five letterwinners from last year's team.
“We promised the young ladies in our program that we would quickly find the 'best person coach' available, and we are confident we have done so," Dickson said. "Those that follow women's golf already know that he has quickly distinguished himself as both an outstanding recruiter and instructor, and we feel strongly he is ready for this opportunity. We welcome Andrew and his family into the Tulane family.”
Pratt comes to Tulane from Tennessee, where he spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach and helped the Lady Vols to three consecutive NCAA Championship appearances.
“I personally want to thank Rick Dickson and Sue Bower and the entire Tulane family for giving me this great opportunity,” Pratt said. “I have been extremely fortunate to work at The University of Tennessee under Judi Pavon for the past three years and learned from one of the best coaches in collegiate golf. I am extremely excited about this golf program and will continue to add to what J.T. (Horton) and Sue have already accomplished.”
During his final season at Tennessee, Pratt helped the Lady Vols to eight top-10 finishes, including two tournament titles, and to the NCAA Championships, where the team finished 13th. Along the way, he also played an instrumental role in helping Erica Popson to first-team All-America honors and Nathalie Mansson to honorable mention All-American.
Pratt played at Tennessee from 1999 to 2003 and spent four years on the Nationwide Tour, where he had five top-10 finishes. Pratt won the 2004 and '05 Tennessee State Opens, and was the 2004 Tennessee State Amateur champion. He was only the third player in Tennessee history to win the State Open and State Amateur in the same year.
He also played in four consecutive U.S. Amateurs (2000-03) and the 2004 British Amateur.
A four-year letterwinner at UT, Pratt competed at the 2000 and '03 NCAA Championships and was a three-time Academic All-American. In 2003, he led the Vols to a fourth-place finish at the SEC Championships by firing a 211 (72-69-70) to place fourth individually.