Jay Rees
Jay  Rees

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Emporia State, 1989


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Head golf coach Jay Rees has taken the golf program to new heights since arriving at UT Arlington in 1999. Rees has taken seven teams to an NCAA Regional, including two conference championships and five at-large bids.

Rees, a three-time Southland Conference Coach of the Year, led the UT Arlington program into the Sun Belt Conference in 2013-14 after one year in the WAC. Rees' average conference finish has been 3.13 in 15 years over three conferences.

Rees has also had a representative from UTA at the NCAAs in 12 of his 15 seasons. Rees, known for his knowledge of the short game, helped the Mavericks finish as the best short game team in the nation four times, according to golfstat.com.

Rees' players are among the best players in school history. The top 13 players in school history by stroke average have played for Rees at least one season. Rees has had 43 players named all-conference, including 24 first-team selections, 13 second-team and six third-team. Another 12 were honorable mention all-conference. His teams have won 12 tournaments, posted 68 top-5 and 112 top-10 finishes, while his players have won 17 tournaments during his time.

UT Arlington made a run at an NCAA Regional in 2014 after holding leads at the Sun Belt Championship all three days of the tournament. The Mavericks finished third, with Joss Gosling finishing eighth individually. Brad Mason placed ninth and Jake Argento was 12th.

During the 2012-13 season, Rees coached Paul McConnell to the WAC Individual Championship and the Mavericks to a second-place team finish. McConnell was first-team All-WAC and Hunter Brown earned second-team honors. McConnell reached the NCAA Regionals and was a stroke shy of advancing to the NCAA Championship.

In 2010-11, Rees led the Mavericks to the Southland Conference championship on their home course. Rees was honored with his third SLC Coach of the Year award. Two of his players - Zack Fischer and Wes Worster - earned all-conference honors, while Paul McConnell was named the league's Newcomer of the Year.The Mavericks also made another appearance in the NCAA Regionals.

The Mavericks won the Lone Star Invitational in the fall before being co-medalist at the San Diego Intercollegiate, giving the Mavericks three wins for 2010-11. UTA played 12 tournaments during the season and posted nine top-10 finshes. McConnell won the San Diego tournament.

In the 2009-10 season, the Mavericks won the Jim West Intercollegiate by 22 shots and finished second twice in 13 tournaments. Zack Fischer was named first-team All-Southland Conference selection, while Wes Worster was named Newcomer of the Year. Fischer won at the SLC Preview, while Bryce Easton won the Jim West Intercollegiate.

During the 2008-09 season, the Mavericks finished just five shots out of making the NCAA Tournament, but produced their highest finish in a NCAA Regional with eighth-place result. UTA placed second at the Southland Conference championship. Fischer tied for SLC individualist honors.

The Mavericks played in 11 tournaments winning once while registering three second, seven top-four and 10 top-10 finishes. The team finished with the school's highest ranking in the final golfstat.com National Rankings at 43rd. Rees was named SLC Coach of the Year for a second time.

Bobby Massa became Rees' first All-American as the Irving, Texas native earned honorable mention accolades following the 2009 season. He also holds the school record with a 10-under par 62 shot during the fall of 2008 at the Turtle Bay Invitational. Two of his players - Adam Babb in 2000 and Jordan Krantz in 2005 - were Southland Conference Champions, while Fischer was a co-medalist in 2009.

Rees has had 10 of his players named first-team all-conference for a total of 12 times while six players have earned second team honors on seven occasions. His teams have won 12 tournaments, posted 66 top-5 and 105 top-10 finishes, while his players have won 16 tournaments during his time.

In 2007-08, the Mavericks had the best fall season in school history. UTA finished first in two of its first three tournaments before turning in a record-breaking performance in Hawai'i. At the Turtle Bay Invitational, the Mavericks shot a school-record 270-281-272-823. The Mavericks remained in the golfstat.com Top 50 the entire fall season.

In the spring, the Mavericks had four top-six performances and rode those results to an at-large berth in the NCAA Central Regionals. UTA set a school record at the Southland Conference Tournament, posting a 54-hole total of 861 to win the conference championship by 13 strokes.

UTA also dominated the individual accolades with Rees earning his first Coach of the Year honor. Jordan Krantz won Player of the Year award, Jeff Murray was tabbed Newcomer of the Year and Krantz shared the conference's Student-Athlete of the Year award. In 2005-06, UT Arlington won three tournaments and posted an impressive 10 top-four finishes during the 13-tournament schedule.

Three different individuals - Krantz, Murray and Tyrone Mordt - posted tournament wins as individuals and all six golfers that competed in tournament play last season placed in eighth place or better during the season. As a team, UT Arlington golfers compiled 19 top-10 finishes and 37 in the top 20. As a team, the Mavericks finished the year ranked 53rd by golfstat.com.

Rees arrived at UT Arlington after spending three years at Texas Lutheran, where he helped lead both the men's and women's teams to national prominence. After taking over the men's squad in September 1996, the team made three consecutive appearances in the NAIA national tournament, where the Bulldogs finished seventh in 1997, fourth in 1998 and sixth in 1999. Texas Lutheran's women's golf team began play on the varsity level in 1997-98, and under Rees' guidance, finished ninth overall in the NAIA's national championship tournament in its first season before finishing second in 1999.

Prior to his stint at Texas Lutheran, Rees spent one year as the associate head coach of Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC, where his men's squad was ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Rees gained Division I experience as an assistant coach at Louisiana State (1993-94) and as the assistant men's and women's golf coach at Arizona State (1994-95). The Lady Sun Devils claimed the 1995 national championship.Along with his coaching duties at Arizona State, Rees was the teams' recruiting and fund-raising coordinator.

Rees' first head coaching job came at his alma mater, Emporia State in Kansas. He was named the head coach at just 21 years of age, making him one of the youngest head coaches in college history. During his four-year run as Emporia State's head coach, Rees developed an NAIA and NCAA Division II top-10 program and was named the district's Coach of the Year four consecutive years from 1990-93.

Rees and his wife Sandie reside in Arlington with his two stepsons Zane and Gage. Jay and Sandie have three dachshunds (Junie-Bee, Stormie and Merry), as well as a border collie named Mollie.


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