Montaño Joins UCLA Golf Staff

Aug. 10, 2005

Gus Montaño, who worked eight years at the American Junior Golf Assn., has been hired as UCLA's new assistant golf coach, the Athletic Department announced this week.

Montaño 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.

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 and one in tennis.

Montaño replaces Amanda Carmichael who left UCLA after four seasons to pursue other interests.

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