COLLEGE STATION - Former University of Tulsa men's golf assistant coach Andy Crabtree has joined the Texas A&M women's golf team as an assistant coach, Aggie head coach Trelle McCombs announced on Friday.
An excellent recruiter and a player's coach, Crabtree, 34, brings a wide and versatile background in golf to Texas A&M. Since his graduation from the University of South Florida in 1999, he has served as an assistant golf coach, as an admissions recruiter at USF and an administrator with the Florida State Golf Association.
"What caught my attention with Andy was his ability to connect with people on the recruiting trail," McCombs said. "When I would ask people about Andy, they would always talk about what a good recruiter he is. He will be an asset for us in that regard. I also think he will bring a different perspective coming from the men's side, whether it's breaking down someone's swing or seeing a different way to attack a golf course."
Prior to coming to A&M, Crabtree served as an assistant coach at Tulsa for four years and he was the team's first full-time assistant coach when he was hired in 2007. During his time in Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane golf team advanced to NCAA regional play three times and had eight players earn All-Conference USA honors. Tulsa's 2010 recruiting class was rated one of the best in the nation among mid-major schools by Golfweek.
Crabtree joins an Aggie squad that has won a Big 12 Championship and posted two top 10 NCAA finishes in McCombs' four seasons in Aggieland. In 2011, the Aggies hosted the NCAA Championships at the Traditions Golf Club and tied for seventh in the team race.
"The goal is to win the national championship, and Texas A&M is a place where you can do it," Crabtree said. "A&M has been ranked pretty consistently in the top 25, and have finished in the top 10 at NCAAs the last couple of years. Hopefully I can help them get over the hump. That's one of the things that attracted me to Texas A&M. The thought of winning a national championship at Texas A&M gets me excited."
A talented player in his own right, Crabtree was a four-year letterwinner at USF and was named the Conference USA Student-Athlete of the Year for golf as a senior. An excellent student, Crabtree earned his bachelor's degree in communication and was an Academic All-American in 1999. After graduation, Crabtree qualified for the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach and the 2000 British Amateur at Royal Liverpool.