Grant Oswalt Named New Assistant Golf Coach
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Grant Oswalt has been named the new assistant golf coach at Arkansas as announced by head coach Mike Ketcham on Monday.
“Over the last two years Coach Ketcham and Coach John Sadie have worked hard to build and maintain a nationally competitive golf program,” Oswalt said. “I know their vision of Arkansas golf was to be the best college golf program in the nation. I have some huge shoes to fill with Coach Sadie’s absence and am looking forward to the challenge.
“I have never been more impressed than I was last week during my visit to Fayetteville,” Oswalt said. “The community support is second-to-none, the facilities are first-class and the administration is committed to student and athletic excellence. It’s just the place I want to be and a dream come true.”
Oswalt, a native of Ottumwa, Iowa, joins the Razorback staff after working for the past four years as a district manager for USBank. Before working for USBank he served as Ketcham’s assistant at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College, where the duo won two National Junior College Athletic Association titles (1993-94). After Ketcham was given the head coaching position at San Jose State University in 1994, Oswalt moved into the business sector as the Southeast Regional Sales Manager for Al-Jon, Inc., in his hometown of Ottumwa.
Besides his coaching experience Oswalt was a Division I collegiate golfer at Drake University where he earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology and human relations in 1991. He also played at Indian Hills Community College while earning an associate’s degree in liberal arts in 1989.
“I’m obviously excited to have this opportunity to work with Grant,” Ketcham said. “We’ve had two years of experience winning national titles together at Scottsdale Community College. I’m looking forward to being able to work with him again. What’s nice about having Grant is that there really won’t be too much of a transition period, since we already know each other. We’ll be able to hit the ground running. He’s coming into the program at a great time and he’ll play a huge role in our continued success.”
“My family and I are very thankful to Coach Broyles, Coach Ketcham and the University of Arkansas for this incredible opportunity,” Oswalt said. “We are very excited about joining the Northwest Arkansas community and becoming part of the Razorback family.”
Oswalt has been married for seven years. He and his wife, Sheila, have two daughters, Shane (6) and Paige (3).
Oswalt is replacing former assistant John Sadie. Sadie was hired as the new head coach at the University of North Florida after serving as an assistant to Ketcham for the past two years and helping lead the Razorbacks to a top 25 finish in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. He will take over head coaching duties on Aug. 4.
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