TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — Matt Whall, who helped the Texas Tech women’s golf team to two appearances in the NCAA Championships in the last three seasons, has been named as assistant coach for the nationally ranked Florida State men’s and women’s golf teams. Texas Tech advanced to the NCAA regional championships in each of his three seasons, including two trips to the national championships in 2015 and 2017.
Whall coached Texas Tech to two team championships and 32 top-10 team finishes in his three years in Lubbock.
Whall helped Texas Tech to a program-best fifth-place finish in the 2015 NCAA Championships. The Lady Raiders, who were making just their second all-time appearance in the NCAA Championships, used a strong final round to overcome a five-shot deficit and advance past the stroke play portion as one of the top eight teams.
Texas Tech fell to Duke in the quarterfinal round of match play, ending an historic season in a tie for fifth after the Lady Raiders began the spring ranked as high as 68th nationally. Part of Tech’s success stemmed from its work on the greens where the Lady Raiders led the country with 570 birdies.
“I am thrilled that Matt has joined our coaching staff,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “He brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to our program. He has already made an impact and I look forward to working with him. I am very excited to have Matt, Jenny, and Noah join our Seminole Family.”
During the 2015-16 season, Whall once again helped lead the Lady Raiders to another NCAA Regional appearance. In addition, he helped Gabby Barker earn the single-season school record with a 72.3 strokes average. She was named the 2016 Big 12 Player of the Year and honorable mention All-America honors.
Tech claimed two team titles during Whall’s second season as the Red Raiders won the Henssler Financial Intercollegiate and the Red Raider Invitational crown in 2017.
The 2017-18 season saw the Lady Raiders return to the NCAA Championships after defending its home course with a fifth-place finish in the NCAA Lubbock Regional. Coach Whall mentored a young lineup throughout the season as Tech was led by a pair of juniors and then four players who were classified as either a freshman or sophomore.
Coach Whall worked with Red Raider standout Sofia Garcia in 2018 as she put together one of the best freshmen seasons in Texas Tech history. She closed her first collegiate season with a 73.6 scoring average – the sixth-lowest in program history and the lowest ever for a Texas Tech freshman.
“I am extremely excited to join the fantastic coaching staff at Florida State University,” said Whall. “Both the men’s and women’s programs annually have very high expectations and I am looking forward to helping the young men and women reach their full potential both academically and athletically.
“I would like to thank Coach Bond and Coach (Trey) Jones for giving me the opportunity to join the Florida State family and I aim to make a significant contribution to the future of the program. The men’s team has a lot of history and Coach Bond has done an amazing job of raising the standard for the women’s program. I hope I can help continue the growth and tradition of excellence of both programs.”
Prior to his arrival at Texas Tech, Whall spent most of the last decade as a coach on the amateur circuit in his native United Kingdom where he was part of the England Golf coaching staff for the Under-16 Regional Girls squad.
In addition to his coaching accomplishments, Whall is certified as a PGA Advanced Professional and holds numerous qualifications in golf psychology, putting, short game coaching and club hitting.
He graduated from the University of Loughborough in the United Kingdom and spent time learning much of the coaching and teaching aspects of the game from mentor and former Palmer Cup coach for England, David Ridley.
Whall and his wife, Jenny, have relocated to Tallahassee along with their son Noah.