Jim Ragan was named the head coach of UC San Diego's men's golf program on Sept. 19, 2013.
Ragan completed his fifth year at the helm in 2018. UC San Diego's top finish was a fourth in a 19-team field at the Otter Invitational. Two Tritons earned All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) accolades as Adam Navigato was named to the first team and Hayden Hui was an honorable mention. Along with Hui and Navigato, Mateusz Kucz and Joel Wermter were selected to the CCAA All-Academic Team.
In 2016-17, Ragan's young team - which consisted of four freshmen, one sophomore, one junior, and one senior - kicked off its campaign with a first-place finish at the Johnson Shootout in Los Angeles County. Three Tritons placed in the top ten as UC San Diego bested the field by 17 strokes. The team went on to collect four more top 10 finishes during the regular season, including a sixth-place showing at the 67th running of its own SoCal Intercollegiate.
Over the 2015-16 season, the Tritons totaled six top 10 individual finishes, highlighted by Clayton Yamaguchi's win at the Dennis Rose Intercollegiate in Hawaii. UC San Diego placed third of 10 squads at that tournament, the best finish of the year for the team.
During the team's 2014-15 season, Yamaguchi and Daniel Yang each recorded a top five finish. Yamaguchi added a second top 10 placing by tying for sixth at the CCAA Championship. The Tritons' best team finish was at the Hanny Stanislaus Invitational in Turlock, where they were sixth of 18 squads.
In 2013-14, Ragan's first season at the helm, UC San Diego qualified for the NCAA South Central/West Regional in Austin, Texas. Just prior, the Tritons placed third of eight at the CCAA Championship, equaling the team's best-ever finish at the event. Three players placed in the top 10. UC San Diego earned top 10 team finishes in seven of eight regular season tournaments. The Tritons took third in a 14-team field at the Sonoma State Invitational in October.
A two-time NCAA Regional Coach of the Year, Ragan came to La Jolla following 15 years as a coach at the NCAA Division I level with stints at Oklahoma, Vanderbilt and Texas between 1994 and 2009.
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 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.
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