Campbell alum Matt Moot named assistant golf coach

Matt Moot
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Matt Moot (ASunPhotos.com)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Former Camel standout Matt Moot has been named assistant golf coach at Campbell University, head coach John Crooks announced Thursday.

A two-time NCAA regional participant during his Campbell career, Moot joins the Fighting Camel staff after playing professionally and most recently serving assistant general manager at Windber Country Club in Salix, Pa., and as head coach at Bishop McCort High School in his hometown of Johnstown, Pa.

"I am so happy that circumstances came together that would allow Matt to return to his Alma Mater," said Crooks.  "Matt was a positive influence on his teammates when he was a player and I expect he will bring the same supportive enthusiasm to this team now.  There is a popular song now by Tim McGraw entitled "Humble and Kind" that I think describes Matt.  Matt will be successful and show his team how to do it the right way."

During his playing career at Campbell, Moot compiled 11 top-10 individual finishes and a 73.77 stroke average in 38 rounds.  He was twice named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America.  He graduated with a 3.69 grade-point average as a business administration major and earned Atlantic Sun Conference all-academic team recognition in each of his four years.

"I would like to thank Mr. Bob Roller, Coach Crooks, and the Campbell University Athletic Department for this wonderful opportunity," said Moot.  "I was greatly impressed by the positive trajectory Campbell Athletics and the golf program have taken since I graduated. I look forward to using my four years of experience as a Camel to assist these exceptional student-athletes on the course and in the classroom. I am enthusiastic and grateful to be a part of the special things happening in Buies Creek."

Moot capped the 2011 season with a second-place finish at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship (69-69-72—210), his third runner-up showing of the year.  He recorded a 72.2 stroke average and ranked 194th in the final Golfstat Cup listing.  He finished 13th nationally in greens-in-regulation (.733), according to Golfstat.

He finished among the top 20 golfers in each of his last seven stroke play events, including second-place showings at the Georgetown Intercollegiate, where Campbell claimed team honors, and the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate.  A two-time A-Sun all-tournament performer, Moot finished fourth in the 2010 A-Sun event.  In addition, he was named to the 2011 A-Sun all-conference second team and earned an individual berth to the NCAA Virginia Tech Regional

He tied for 14th in the 2009 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship to help the Camels earn the team title and the program's first team berth in the NCAA Regionals.

After graduating from Campbell in May 2011, Moot played on several mini-tours along the east coast, including events on the Egolf Tour, Florida Professional Golf Tour, and Web.com Tour for two seasons.

He most recently served as assistant general manager at Windber Country Club in Salix, Pa., where he assisted in the daily operations and management of the 18-hole golf course and clubhouse facilities at a private club consisting of over 300 members located in the Allegheny Mountains. While at Windber, he also provided golf instruction to students of all skill levels and coordinated the club's summer junior golf program.

As the head boys' and girls' golf coach at Bishop McCort High School, his teams collected a number of tournament titles, including the 2016 Laurel Highlands Conference Championship.

Moot joins a Fighting Camel program that saw both its men's and women's teams participate in the 2016 NCAA Regional Championships.  The Camel men have finished as runner-up in the Big South Conference Championship in each of the past two seasons, while the women have claimed league titles three times in the last five years.

Now in his 27th year as head men's coach and 26th in charge of the women's program, Crooks has guided his teams to 129 tournament titles, 25 NCAA Regional appearances, 18 league championships, and five NCAA Championship appearances.