Jason DeJiacomo is entering his first season as the Head Golf Coach for both the men's and women's golf teams after being hired as the men's golf coach in June 2013.
"Both teams have displayed tremendous talent and drive," DeJiacomo said. "The Panther Golf teams are looking forward to the 2014-2015 season."
The 2013-14 season was a successful year for the Panthers. The men's team jumped over 40 spots in the rankings and into the top 50 on multiple occasions. "Our goal for the 2013-14 season was to improve as much as possible, and to make a jump of over 40 spots in the rankings was very impressive for this team," DeJiacomo said. "Our goal for the upcoming season is to get inside the top 30 and make an impression on the National Championship qualifications. The women's team also had success with three top-10 finishes for the season, highlighted by a sixth-place team finish at the 'Southern Shootout. Senior Ellen Chun led the team throughout the season and ended her BSC career with a fifth-place finish at the SAA Conference Championship, earning First-Team All-Conference honors.
DeJiacomo's squads not only excel on the course, but in the classroom as well. Both teams earned team GPAs higher than 3.0, with the men's team earning a 3.17 and the women's team earning a 3.45 for the 2013-14 academic year. Senior women's golfer Kaleigh Toole was recognized as a Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar for the second time in her collegiate career. Toole also made the SAA Academic Honor Roll along with Katie Skeeles and Allison Justus on the women's team. The men's team had seven team members make the SAA Academic Honor Roll, Patrick Newsom, Jonathan Cook, Tanner Dixon, Evan Piedrahita, Phillip Brol, Thomas Boydstun, and JB Strauss.
DeJiacomo came to BSC after spending two years as the Assistant Coach for Berry College's men's and women's golf programs. He played an instrumental role in recruiting, practice/game management, and player management. In those two years, Berry College's men's golf team jumped over 50 spots in the GolfStat rankings to finish the 2012 season ranked 12th in Division III. DeJiacomo also helped the women's team improve to a top-35 ranking. Before that he spent three years bouncing around many professional golf tours and teaching golf lessons.
During DeJiacomo's collegiate playing career, the Jasper, Ga., native earned All-Conference honors in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC), and also earned All-Region accolades, finishing second individually in the Region Championships, both as a junior and senior. He helped lead Berry to four appearances in the NAIA National Championship and capped off his senior season by leading his team to both conference and region victories and on to a fifth-place finish in the NAIA National Championship.
DeJiacomo enrolled at Berry after an outstanding junior golf career in which he helped lead Pickens High School to a Region Championship and a fifth-place finish in the 3A state title. He also earned a place on the 3A State Championship All-Tournament Team.
While continuing his playing career, DeJiacomo also began his coaching career, serving as the volunteer assistant coach for the Pickens High School girl's golf team and as a coach at Berry's annual summer camps.
DeJiacomo, received a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Berry in 2007 and Master's of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in 2012.