Contract was not renewed for the 2006-07 season.
Gus Montaño, who worked eight years at the American Junior Golf Assn., begins his first season as UCLA's new assistant golf coach. Montaño, 37, will serve as the assistant coach for both the UCLA men's and women's golf teams.
"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."
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.
While at the AJGA, Montaño was responsible for budgeting, planning, executing, developing sponsor and host facility relations, and supervising the overall tournament and golf course operations for more than 40 national junior golf events. For the past five years, Montaño educated and instructed the AJGA Tournament Operations staff on the Rules of Golf. In addition, he was responsbile for organizing and directing the AJGA's Day of Education, a three-topic seminar designed to educate junior players on how to succeed at tournament golf.
Montaño 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.
Montaño is well-versed in the Rules of Golf and has attended nine PGA/USGA Rules of Golf workshops and six Tournament Administration workshops sponsored by both organizations.
From 2001-04, he guided the West Team to a 3-1 record in the Canon Cup.
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.
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