September 13, 2021 - by
Golf: Fetcho Named Assistant Coach

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Justin Fetcho, who led Southern Illinois to two Missouri Valley Conference Championships as its Head Men’s Coach, has been named as an assistant golf coach at Florida State. He will work with both the Seminoles’ nationally ranked men’s and women’s programs.

In five seasons as the head coach at Southern Illinois, Fetcho led the Salukis to six tournament titles and the MVC Championships in 2016 and 2019. He was named the MVC Coach of the Year in 2019. He coached many of the top golfers in SIU history, including the school’s first MVC Golfer of the Year (Peyton Wilhoit in 2018), five different golfers who earned All-Conference honors a total of 10 times, and eight different Saluki golfers who were named MVC Players of the Week. In 2018, Wilhoit became the first Saluki golfer since 1972 to qualify for an NCAA Regional. At the 2019 NCAA Regional, Wilhoit placed 12th overall (-2), which is the best finish for an SIU golfer in an NCAA postseason event in school history.

Fetcho coached Southern Illinois to its second MVC championship title in four years and to just the second MVC title in school history in 2019. The Salukis trailed by one stroke entering the final round, and rallied to defeat pre-tournament favorite Illinois State by 10 strokes. Four Southern Illinois players finished in the top-10 and three earned All-MVC honors. SIU finished 10th at the NCAA Regionals in Louisville, Kentucky.

Fetcho began his head coaching career at Southern Illinois after serving an assistant coach for the University of Illinois men’s team for two seasons (2013-14). While at Illinois, he helped guide the Illini to back-to-back top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships. In 2013, Illinois claimed its first-ever NCAA regional title and finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships. In 2014, the Illini won another regional title and took fifth at the NCAA Championships.

Fetcho began his coaching career at South Florida, his alma mater, during the 2009-11 seasons. In the spring of 2011, USF tied its best-ever finish by placing fourth in the Big East Championships. Fetcho also helped sign one of the top recruiting classes in school history, as Trey Valentine and Chase Koepka (the brother of Seminole All-American Brooks Koepka) as both proceeded to win Big East Freshman of the Year honors in 2012 and 2013, respectively. In addition, the Bulls posted the highest team GPA of any men’s sport at USF in the spring of 2011.

Following his success at USF in 2011, Fetcho joined the Oregon women’s golf program as an assistant coach. He served as the team’s interim head coach for much of the 2012 spring season while head coach Ria Scott was on maternity leave. The 2012 Oregon squad posted the lowest scoring average in school history (299.3), and All-American Cassy Isagawa recorded the lowest scoring average (72.76) and best national ranking (No. 10) in school history.

Fetcho grew up in Eldorado, Ill., and played his high school golf at Eldorado High before starting his college career at John A. Logan Community College. He was an All-American in 2005 as he finished second at the National Championships. He continued his collegiate career at South Florida, where he was a two-time All-American Scholar. Fetcho still holds the second-lowest 54-hole score in USF history (205, Sam Hall Invitational).

A top Illinois amateur, Fetcho holds three course records. His best finishes include second place at the 2008 Illinois Open and 13th at the 2013 Illinois State Amateur. He holds course records at the Saline Country Club (57, -13), Helfrich Hills Golf Course (64, -7) and Fairfield Country Club (63, -7).

Fetcho and his wife, Amanda, have two sons, Paxton (five) and Porter (one).
In five seasons as the head coach at Southern Illinois, Fetcho led the Salukis to six tournament titles and the MVC Championships in 2016 and 2019. He was named the MVC Coach of the Year in 2019. He coached many of the top golfers in SIU history, including the school’s first MVC Golfer of the Year (Peyton Wilhoit in 2018), five different golfers who earned All-Conference honors a total of 10 times, and eight different Saluki golfers who were named MVC Players of the Week. In 2018, Wilhoit became the first Saluki golfer since 1972 to qualify for an NCAA Regional. At the 2019 NCAA Regional, Wilhoit placed 12th overall (-2), which is the best finish for an SIU golfer in an NCAA postseason event in school history.

Fetcho coached Southern Illinois to its second MVC championship title in four years and to just the second MVC title in school history in 2019. The Salukis trailed by one stroke entering the final round, and rallied to defeat pre-tournament favorite Illinois State by 10 strokes. Four Southern Illinois players finished in the top-10 and three earned All-MVC honors. SIU finished 10th at the NCAA Regionals in Louisville, Kentucky.

Fetcho began his head coaching career at Southern Illinois after serving an assistant coach for the University of Illinois men’s team for two seasons (2013-14). While at Illinois, he helped guide the Illini to back-to-back top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships. In 2013, Illinois claimed its first-ever NCAA regional title and finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships. In 2014, the Illini won another regional title and took fifth at the NCAA Championships.

Fetcho began his coaching career at South Florida, his alma mater, during the 2009-11 seasons. In the spring of 2011, USF tied its best-ever finish by placing fourth in the Big East Championships. Fetcho also helped sign one of the top recruiting classes in school history, as Trey Valentine and Chase Koepka (the brother of Seminole All-American Brooks Koepka) as both proceeded to win Big East Freshman of the Year honors in 2012 and 2013, respectively. In addition, the Bulls posted the highest team GPA of any men’s sport at USF in the spring of 2011.

Following his success at USF in 2011, Fetcho joined the Oregon women’s golf program as an assistant coach. He served as the team’s interim head coach for much of the 2012 spring season while head coach Ria Scott was on maternity leave. The 2012 Oregon squad posted the lowest scoring average in school history (299.3), and All-American Cassy Isagawa recorded the lowest scoring average (72.76) and best national ranking (No. 10) in school history.

Fetcho grew up in Eldorado, Ill., and played his high school golf at Eldorado High before starting his college career at John A. Logan Community College. He was an All-American in 2005 as he finished second at the National Championships. He continued his collegiate career at South Florida, where he was a two-time All-American Scholar. Fetcho still holds the second-lowest 54-hole score in USF history (205, Sam Hall Invitational).

A top Illinois amateur, Fetcho holds three course records. His best finishes include second place at the 2008 Illinois Open and 13th at the 2013 Illinois State Amateur. He holds course records at the Saline Country Club (57, -13), Helfrich Hills Golf Course (64, -7) and Fairfield Country Club (63, -7).

Fetcho and his wife, Amanda, have two sons, Paxton (five) and Porter (one).

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