SAU names new golf coach

James “Coach” Robertson has been named the new men’s and women’s golf coach at Southern Arkansas, following the passing last month of former coach Leonard Biddle.

Robertson comes to SAU from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore., where he had served as head of the men’s and women’s golf programs since 2009. At Warner, he took over a program that was basically a club team with eight participants and led both the men’s and women’s teams to third-place finishes in the conference tournament this past season, with three individuals placing in the top 10, two in the top five.

Robertson brings a full golf résumé to Southern Arkansas with 15 years of PGA Tour coaching experience and having worked at virtually every college level. As a PGA Tour instructor, he has worked with players from the Nationwide, PGA, Futures, LPGA, Champions, Canadian and European Golf Tours.

He has coached collegially at Missouri State, Drury (Mo.) and St. Andrews (N.C.), and has extensive NCAA Division I experience with Nebraska, Missouri and Auburn.

Robertson began his start in training professional golfers as the president of Sports Enhancement Associates (S.E.A.), a professional sport training group based in Oregon and founded by the legendary Chuck Hogan.

While operating S.E.A. in Naples, Florida, he founded the Florida Golf Academy, and later the St. Andrews Golf Academy in Pinehurst, N.C.

Robertson has written and published over 25 sport performance journal articles and continues to write for the USA and World Federation of Golf Instructors. He has been an author and co-author of numerous golf-related publications, and contributor as well.

“I’m ecstatic with the opportunity of joining the Southern Arkansas University family and for the opportunities SAU has to offer the student-athlete golfer,” stated Robertson. “Our program will develop golfers at all levels of the game, based on continuous improvement.”

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