|Title:||Director of Men and Women's Golf/Senior Associate AD|
Coach Owen is in his 31st year at Oglethorpe University. This
season marks Owen's 20th year coaching the men's golf team and
ninth year with the women's program. Owen, a 1981 graduate of Berry
College, arrived on campus in the summer of 1981 as a graduate
assistant basketball coach and intramural director. At Berry,
Owen was a three-year starting guard and was named basketball team
MVP his senior season. He was named Most Outstanding Senior
Athlete at Berry College later that spring. At Oglethorpe, he
served as an assistant basketball coach from 1981-97 before
assuming the head coaching responsibilities from 1998-2003.
During his tenure, Oglethorpe joined NCAA Division III and the
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) and expanded the
sports programs offered at Oglethorpe from six to 15. Oglethorpe
now opens a new chapter with Southern Athletic Association (SAA)
competition beginning in the fall of 2012.
In 1993, Owen took two individual male golfers to the SCAC Conference Golf Championship in Jackson, Miss. Those two golfers began the program that has developed in the last 20 years into one of the most respected in the nation. Since 2000, a span of 13 consecutive years, the Stormy Petrel men have been ranked inside the Top 10 in the nation. They have also finished in the Top 10 at the NCAA Championships 11 years during that span. Owen has coached 46 All-SCAC performers including four in 2011-12 when Oglethorpe's Eric Quinn, Anthony Maccaglia, Hayden Jones and Matt Rebitch were honored at the final SCAC Championship in Tunica, Miss.
Owen and Oglethorpe closed the SCAC chapter by winning their 10th men's SCAC championship in the past 15 years, including four in a row from 2000-03. He was named SCAC Coach of the Year in 12 of the last 15 seasons, including the 2011-12 campaign. Owen was honored as the South Region Coach of the Year in 2012 for the second time in his career and was honored with the Dave Williams NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year award.
This past May, the Stormy Petrels won their second NCAA national championship in decisive fashion with a 20-stroke victory at The Mission Inn Resort near Orlando. Freshman Anthony Maccaglia won both the Arnold Palmer National Medalist award and the Phil Mickelson National Freshman of the Year award at the championship.
In 2009, Owen guided the Stormy Petrels to the school's first-ever NCAA championship in any sport when the team dramatically rallied to claim the title at the PGA Villages in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
He has coached nine SCAC Players of the Year including Tolliver Williams (1996, 1998), Robert Fink (2001), Chris Summers (2002), Trent Erb (2003, 2004), Taylor Urbanski (2008) and Scott Pugh (2009). This past year, Eric Quinn joined this prestigious group, winning the Stormy Petrels' final SCAC Player of the Year award.
Senior Matt Rebitch became the Stormy Petrels' 12th Academic All-American at last year's NCAA/GCAA banquet. Rebitch joins Robert Fink, Corey Garner, Trent Erb and Taylor Urbanski as two-time Academic All-Americans. Freshman Anthony Maccaglia and sophomore Hayden Jones become the 17th and 18th NCAA Division III All-Americans since the 1998 season. In 2012, Eric Quinn and Anthony Maccaglia were named to the prestigious 12-member All-South Region team bringing the total to 20 All-Region players honored from Oglethorpe in his tenure.
In the fall of 2003, Owen retired from his basketball coaching duties and officially began the women's golf program. Owen has brought increasing continuity to the women's program and consistency in recruiting. In 2006, the women broke through with a spectacular second-place finish at the SCAC Championship. In 2007, the women's team finished third and placed fifth in 2008.
The Stormy Petrels fielded teams that competed in the SCAC Tournament in 1998-2002 with their best finishes being fifth place in 1998, 1999 and 2001. In 1999 and again as a senior in 2001, Kristi Wright earned Second-Team All-SCAC honors for her play at the Spring Festival.
In 2004 and again in 2005 the Stormy Petrel women finished fifth in SCAC Championship play. At the Renaissance Pine Isle Resort golf course hosted by Oglethorpe University in 2004 on beautiful Lake Lanier, Heather March earned Second-Team SCAC honors. In 2005 in Arkansas, freshman Julia Gates and junior Mallory Pusch both earned Second-Team SCAC honors. This past season, Katie Dale earned her fourth All-SCAC Women's Golf honors, finishing seventh overall, and became the first women's golfer to earn Academic All-American honors at all four of the NGCA banquets. She is the first four-time Academic All-American in school history.
In 2008, Oglethorpe said goodbye to two-time All-American and four-time All-SCAC honoree Julia Gates. Julia finished the 2007 NCAA Championship in 18th place and returned in 2008 as a senior and finished in 13th place, earning her Oglethorpe's first All-American women's golfer.
Owen was inducted in May of 2001 into the Oglethorpe Athletic Hall of Fame for his 20 years of dedicated service to the university. Owen lives in Suwanee, Ga., with his wife Anjie and their children Jayce, 20, and Michaela, 15.
|Title:||Assistant Men's Golf Coach|
David Potts begins his sixth year as the assistant coach for the Stormy Petrels. Potts brings with him an extensive playing and teaching background and has passed along his experience to the team in each of his first two seasons. Last summer, Golf Digest magazine named Potts one of Georgia's Top 15 teachers in their 2007 state-by-state rankings.
Potts is a Georgia native. He attended Commerce High School, where he was a two-time All-State golfer. Potts received a golf scholarship to the University of Georgia and was a four-year letterman for the Bulldogs. He was the team MVP in 1995 with a 73.3 stroke average and was selected to the All-SEC team in 1996. While at UGA, Potts earned a degree in consumer economics and was selected as the UGA Scholar Athlete for golf in 1996 and also named an All-SEC scholar athlete in '96.
After college Potts played the mini-tour golf circuit for four years. Potts had some success with two career wins and numerous Top 10 finishes. He regarded this time as a great learning experience playing against current PGA Tour players such as Chad Campbell and Heath Slocum. After missing out at Q-School in 2000, Potts turned his career path to working in the golf industry instead of competing for a living. Potts worked for Mizuno in their golf division for two years and then joined Peachtree Golf Center as a teaching professional. He has been employed at Peachtree Golf Center since the fall of 2002 and continues to help golfers of all ages and skill levels. Potts still plays a few tournaments a year. In 2005 he finished tied for sixth at the Griffin Classic, tied for sixth in the Georgia PGA North Chapter Championship, and was runner-up in the Georgia PGA Assistant's Championship at Sugarloaf Country Club.
Potts' two professional wins were on the TearDrop Tour in 1997 in Winter Haven, Fla., and again in 1998 in Covington, Ga. David played a full Hooters Tour schedule in 1997-98. In 1999, he moved to the Developmental Players Tour. His best finish on the Developmental Tour was a second-place showing at Oak Mountain. He lost in a playoff to PGA Tour winner Heath Slocum.
Coach Owen, commenting on the addition of David to the staff: "David brings tremendous experience to our program from the technical side. He understands the golf swing and more importantly, his extensive competitive experience at the college level and beyond proves him to be an invaluable addition. I know he enjoys the teaching aspect of his career since he left the tour, but was missing the competition that college tournaments, amateur events and professional tournaments gave him. Working closely with us this year, you could see his competitive side begin to resurface."
After seven years of teaching in Duluth, Ga., David is now teaching at the Country Club of the South. He serves as their junior golf leader and is an associate teaching instructor at the Alpharetta course. Potts lives in Tucker along with his wife Tara and his 7-year-old son Jake and 3-year-old daughter, Abby. For more information about David, visit the Country Club of the South's website.