July 28, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Layne Savoie, who helped coach the University of Arkansas to a runner-up finish at the 2009 NCAA Championship, has been named an assistant golf coach at Florida State University as announced by Director of Golf Operations Trey Jones. Savoie comes to Florida State after four years as the Associate Head Coach at the University of Arkansas.
Savoie was an integral part of Arkansas’ rise to national prominence as the Razorbacks realized a jump both the national and Southeastern Conference rankings when he solidified his recruiting roots at his first collegiate coaching job. The Razorbacks were the national and SEC runners-up in 2009 and consistently ranked in the nation’s top 30 during the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons. During that time he coached three All-Americans, three All-ACC player and two All-ACC Freshman selections.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with the Seminole golf teams and the Florida State Athletic Department,” Savoie said. “Coach Jones has created an incredible environment at Florida State for elite golfers to train their games, excel in the classroom, and win championships on the course. It is an honor to be a part of the Seminole program and work with these players and coaches.”
Savoie, who will be the Director of Player Development for both the nationally Seminoles’ men’s and women’s teams, is considered to be one of the top teaching coaches in all of college golf. He has instructed players on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Futures Tour and has worked with multiple winners on each of the three prominent national tours. Savoie has instructed All-American golfers at LSU, Auburn, Lamar, Baylor, Texas Tech and Arkansas.
Prior to his tenure at Arkansas, he was the top instructor at the Chuck Cook Golf Academy at the Barton Creek resort and Spa in Austin, Texas. His golf education includes training under some of the top names on the sport including David Ledbetter, Chuck Cook, Mac O’Grady, Ben Doyle, Tom Ness, Bill Moretti and Jackie Burke. His mentors have been considered the top teachers of the sport of golf world-wide in the last 15 years. Savoie also has a bachelor’s degree as an authorized instructor of the Golfing Machine.
“I am excited to bringing Layne, his wife Amy and son Isaac to Florida State,” said Jones. “Layne brings a wealth of teaching and recruiting experience to our programs. I have not met a more knowledgeable person on swing and short game mechanics. I admired what he did at Arkansas and look forward to working with him as we develop our players.”
Following his collegiate career, Savoie played professionally on the Golden Bear and Canadian Tours from 1998-2001 and was a multiple winner of several mini-tour events.
Savoie was a four-year letter winner at Auburn (1995-98) during his collegiate career. He finished in a tied for 25th place in the individual standings at the 1996 SEC Championships. He graduated from Auburn with a bachelor’s degree in business management. His wife, Amy, is also an Auburn graduate and a successful student-athlete who competed in the sport of volleyball. The pair has one son, Isaac, and are expecting their second child in August of 2010.