Jason D'Amore, member of the LMU men's golf program from 2005-08 and a Class of 2015 Inductee to the LMU Athletics' Hall of Fame, was named Head Coach of the men's golf team in June of 2016. His second season will be in 2017-18.
In his first season coaching for his alma mater, D'Amore led the Lions to a sixth place finish in the WCC Championships. LMU (281-286-283--850) placed second overall at the Cougar Classic with a 14-under performance. Blake Meek became the 24th men's golfer in program history to earn a share or better of the top finish after finishing first at the Cougar Classic (71-68-70--209). Sophomore Riley Elmes lowered his stoke average to 71.72 and finished in the top-five of tournaments four times this year. His stroke average is second all time in LMU's program records and he earned on the All-WCC First Team.
"I can't think of anything better than to be a golf coach at my alma mater," said D'Amore. "This is an excellent opportunity to give back to the school that gave me so much. I can't think of anything more rewarding than to give back to the young student-athletes the insights and lessons I learned thanks to my experience and education at LMU."
D'Amore led the charge in taking the LMU golf program to not only its first West Coast Conference Championship in 2006, but led them all the way to the NCAA Championships. In doing so, he is the only golfer in school history to claim first-team All-WCC honors in each of his four seasons, and just the sixth student-athlete in LMU history to accomplish the feat.
"I am very excited to announce Jason D'Amore is returning to LMU as Head Coach of our men's golf program." said Husak. "He was a key piece to our most successful teams in program history and he used that experience to play professionally while also gaining valuable experience as a professional in the business world thanks to his degree he earned at LMU. Jason possesses A great vision for the program, a desire to be successful and a steadiness in setting a goal and persevering toward it. Being an LMU grad, he understands what we hope to accomplish on the course, in the classroom and in developing and shaping our athletes for life."
Graduating with a degree in Business Administration in 2008, D'Amore played professionally in the Canadian Tour in 2009 and 2010. He then left the tour and was a National Speaker/Education Coordinator for Investor's Business Daily from 2011-15. With Investor's Business Daily he gave presentations on how to invest, helping the company to advance it's customer support structure.
D'Amore also earned his real estate license after graduation and has been serving as an real estate agent the last 18 months.
"The business experience I have gained, gives me a more broad perspective on life and how golf works into that. As a young man on a collegiate team, it is very hard to take a step back with things and look at the bigger picture. You are in the moment, in the grind of playing and going to school and just trying to get things done. I struggled with that when I played," said D'Amore. "It is easy to get lost and not stay focused on the bigger picture. I think my experience in walking that, wanting to give those lessons back to them and help the next generation of students is why I am excited to be a coach at LMU.
"This is a dream come true. I can't think of anything better than to come back to the University that gave me so much. I hope to add to the tradition I helped build as a player. It is an honor."