Brenau University recently named Jason DeJiacomo head coach of its Golden Tigers golf team.
DeJiacomo, who is entering his fourth season with Brenau, having previously served as a volunteer assistant coach.
He replaces Damon Stancil, who started the program in 2013. DeJiacomo said he is looking forward to his first season as Brenau head coach.
“I want to start by getting our bearings, figuring out who we are as a team,” he said. “We have four freshman coming in and three returners, including one senior. Our senior, Niquole Mangal, is one of the best players in NAIA golf. I’d like to push her to strive for better, because she could be a potential individual national champion. But as a team, I want us to figure out who we are as a family more than anything else.”
The Golden Tigers are currently ranked No. 44 by GolfStat. DeJiacomo’s hope is to finish in the top 35, which could give the team a chance at going to nationals.
“It’s always a little different when a new coach comes in,” he said. “I’ll bring in my own intricacies that I focus on.
There will be a little bit of a changing of the tide, and I think it’ll be good.”
Prior to Brenau, DeJiacomo spent three years as the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. In those three seasons, the unranked women’s team and No. 102 men’s team both catapulted to inside the GolfStat Top 25. During his career at Birmingham-Southern, he coached seven All-Americans, nine All-Conference, one Freshman of the Year and 23 Conference Academic Honor Roll student-athletes.