July 17, 2012
Charlottesville, Va. - Virginia head men's golf coach Bowen Sargent announced today John Scott Rattan has joined the Cavalier program as an assistant coach. Scott replaces Jay Fisher who resigned to accept an administrative position with the University's department of neurology. John Scott comes to Virginia after spending the past year as an assistant coach at Maryland working for director of intercollegiate golf Jason Rodenhaver. Scott was the assistant coach responsible for working with the Terrapins men's golf program.
"I am excited to announce John Scott has chosen to join the Virginia golf staff," Sargent said. "John Scott comes to UVa with credentials almost unrivaled in the assistant coaching ranks. In his brief stint at Maryland I saw first hand John Scott's ability to recruit and develop players.
"John Scott's background includes playing at the University of Tennessee, playing professionally before mentoring under some of the best teachers in the world over the past few years, including Tiger Wood's teacher, Sean Foley. He has a complete understanding of the full swing and is an accomplished teacher. His skill set and knowledge will assist us greatly in the development of current and future Cavaliers."
Prior to his coaching assignment at Maryland, Rattan worked as a coach at the Core Golf Academy in Orlando, Fla. There he worked with the high school and postgraduate programs in teaching all aspects of the game. Prior to that he was a coach at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., assisting junior golfers.
He also worked as an assistant pro at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md., where he taught players of all ability levels and ages.
From 2005 to 2010, Rattan played professionally on the NGA Hooters Tour. He was as high as 54th on the money list in 2007. Rattan played in an event on the Nationwide Tour in 2008 and advanced through the first stage of the PGA Tour School in both 2005 and 2007. He twice advanced through local qualifying for the U.S. Open in 2008 and 2010.
Rattan played collegiately at Tennessee, where he was a second team All-Southeastern Conference selection in 2003-04. He also was a SEC All-Academic selection in those seasons. While with the Volunteers, he played in two U.S. Amateur Championships and in two NCAA Championships.
Rattan earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Tennessee in 2005.
A graduate of Watkins Mill (Md.) High School, Rattan was The Washington Post All-Met Golfer of the Year in 2000 and was a four-time all-county selection. As a senior, he won the Maryland State High School Tournament.
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