Contract was not renewed for 2006-07.
Gus Montaño, who worked eight years at the American Junior Golf Assn., begins his first year as UCLA's assistant golf coach.
"We are pleased to have a person of Gus's experience and dedication on our staff," said Associate Athletic Director Glenn Toth, who oversees the golf programs. "He brings a wealth of tournament expertise, organizational skills, and coaching prowess to UCLA."
Montaño's duties at UCLA will be varied and extensive. He will help coach Carrie Forsyth identify potential recruits, track the student-athletes' academic progress, order and distibute equipment and work with players on rules education and instruction. In addition, he will manage any UCLA-hosted tournaments.
In 1996, Montaño began as an intern at the AJGA and served in that capacity for five months before assuming a full-time position. He rose through the organization as a Tournament Director and as the Director of Education, a position he held for six years.
As the AJGA's Tournament Director, Montaño was responsible for budgeting, planning, executing, developing sponsor and host facility relations and the overall tournament and golf course operations for more than 40 national junior golf tournaments. He also managed all the promotions and operations for the Nike Junior Golf All-Star series. In addition, he supervised the revision of the AJGA Tournament Operations Manual, a 250-page guide utilized by several golf associations.
As Director of Education, Montaño educated and instructed the AJGA's Tournament Operations staff of 12 for five years on the Rules of Golf. He was also responsible for organizing, directing and executing the AJGA's Day of Education, which provides a three-topic seminar built to educate juniors on how to succeed at tournament golf.
Montaño is well-versed in the Rules of Golf. He has attended nine PGA/USGA Rules of Golf workshops and six Tournament Administration workshops.
As captain of the West Team, he guided his squad to a 3-1 record in the Canon Cup from 2001-04.
Montaño, 37, graduated from the Professional Golfers Career College in Temecula, CA in May, 1996 after studying Golf Course Design and Development, the Rules of Golf, Golf Swing Techniques and the Psychology of Golf, among other curriculums.
A native of Southern California, Montaño graduated from Citrus College in 1993 with an AA degree. He took up golf at Citrus College and earned a spot on the Owls' golf team.
At Arroyo High School in El Monte, Montaño earned two varsity letters in wrestling.TMTM