LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has named Jim Ragan as its new head men's golf coach. The announcement was made Thursday by Director of Athletics Earl W. Edwards.
A two-time NCAA Regional Coach of the Year, Ragan brings an abundance of experience to La Jolla, including 15 years as a coach at the NCAA Division I level.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome Jim as our new head golf coach," said Edwards. "His background includes time with three successful NCAA Division I programs and I'm also very impressed by his varied certifications. In addition, his experience at Vanderbilt, a highly-respected academic institution like UCSD, makes him a perfect fit to lead the Tritons."
Ragan's collegiate coaching experience includes stints at Oklahoma, Vanderbilt and Texas between 1994 and 2009.
"I'm very excited to get back into the college game," said Ragan. "UC San Diego offers an incredible experience to its student-athletes on both the athletic and academic sides, and I'm looking forward to being a part of it."
As the head golf coach at Oklahoma (2000-09), Ragan was tabbed the NCAA Central Region Coach of the Year in 2001 and again in 2004. The Sooners placed first at the 2001 NCAA Central Regional. In 2006, Oklahoma won a Big 12 championship and Ragan was honored as the conference's coach of the year. While at OU, Ragan coached several PGA Tour and European Tour players, including Anthony Kim, the 2005 Big 12 Player of the Year and 2004 NCAA Freshman of the Year and Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.
From 1997-2000, Ragan was the head golf coach at Vanderbilt University. He coached current PGA Tour player Brandt Snedeker and recruited a pair of AJGA Junior All-Americans.
Snedeker was named the 2007 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, while Kim was the runner-up.
As an assistant coach at the University of Texas (1994-97), he helped develop PGA Tour players Brad Elder and Harrison Frazar and recruited David Gossett, also a PGA Tour competitor.
Overall, Ragan has coached 13 All-Americans, nine Academic All-Americans and nine student-athletes that went on to play on the PGA Tour or European Tour.
Prior to coaching college players, Ragan was a director, assistant director and instructor for Golf Digest Schools at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Florida and Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia from 1988-94. He administered over 150 schools while working alongside legendary golf instructors such as Bob Toski and Davis Love, Jr.
Since leaving the collegiate ranks in 2009, Ragan has owned Golf Team Performance in Tyler, Texas. The training gym focuses on improving and enhancing the game from individual and industry standpoints as well as increasing participation in the game.
Ragan holds Level 3 Fitness, Level 2 Bio-Mechanics and Level 2 Coach certifications from the Titleist Performance Institute. He is also a Nike NG 360/Gray Institute-certified Performance Specialist.
Ragan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Mississippi State University, where he graduated with honors in 1990.
Over the 2012-13 season, UCSD placed ninth or better in 10 of 11 tournaments, which included back-to-back second place finishes. The Tritons qualified for NCAA postseason play for the second straight year, competing at the South Central/West Super Regional at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.