Gus Montano enters his second season as the assistant coach for the men's golf team. Montano oversees all aspects of the program, including recruiting, travel, budget and day-to-day operations.
Montano has 15 years of experience in the golf industry, including a stint as the assistant coach at UCLA.
In his first season, he helped guide the Panthers to a runner-up finish at the CAA Championship where Davin White was named CAA Rookie of the Year. He also helped put the Panthers back in the win column as GSU took the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate by six strokes. In that same event, Damon Stephenson and Tyler Gruca finished as the top two golfers.
He was also instrumental in the inaugural AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic at Berkeley Hills Country Club that once again enjoyed success in the second event during the fall 2012 season.
"His experiences with the AJGA and at UCLA has helped us greatly already," commented head coach Joe Inman. "Gus knows what it takes to be successful and in his first-year helped us move in the right direction."
Montano had worked with the American Junior Golf Association for the previous four and a half years, first as a tournament director and most recently as a foundation manager. In his first year back with the association, Montano was responsible for all aspects of seven national junior golf championships. After one year into his second stint with the AJGA, he was promoted to foundation manager and served as the 2010 AJGA Cup East Captain, a Ryder Cup style event hosted for junior golfers.
Before returning to the AJGA, Montano spent a season as the assistant golf coach at UCLA. Montano was responsible for the daily administration of both the men's and women's programs, while organizing team travel, equipment orders, recruiting visits and summer camps. He also managed the Bruins on-campus practice facility while serving as the tournament director of the inaugural CordeValle Collegiate, which has turned into one of the premier college golf tournaments.
Montano started his career at the AJGA in 1997, spending more than eight years with the organization. After starting out as a tournament director in 1997, he was promoted to the director of rules and competitions in 2000.
He has also served as a rules official for events like the Big Ten Match Play Championship and Callaway Match Play Championship.
Montano earned his degree in psychology from Georgia Gwinnett College.