Tech assistant helped guide Jackets to four ACC titles, five NCAA appearances in five years
Tech's James White paired with Auburn's Blayne Barber in morning four-ball matches
Tech's All-American and assistant coach with the USA Team in Northern Ireland
The NCAA Golf Regional begins Thursday at the University of Oklahoma
Men's golf underclassmen will have to play in U.S. Open qualifier before joining team at NCAA Regional.
Formerly an assistant coach at Alabama and Georgia Southern, Christian Newton joined the Georgia Tech staff as assistant golf coach on August 1, 2007. He was promoted to associate head coach in the summer of 2011. He left Tech to become the head men's golf coach at Colorado State in August, 2012.
Involved not only in coaching, coordinating team practices and scheduling and the strength and conditioning programs for Tech's players, Newton, 33, also assisted Heppler in recruiting and coordinated the Yellow Jackets' golf booster club and fund-raising efforts. He served as assistant coach for the 2012 United States team that competed in the Palmer Cup.
His efforts and success in helping lift the Tech program were recognized by his peers in the spring of 2011 when he was named the recipient of the Jan Strickland Award, presented by the Golf Coaches Association of America to the nation's top assistant coach. Newton had been a finalist for the award each of the two years prior.
In nine years as an assistant coach, he helped guide his teams to the NCAA Championship seven times, including each of his five years at Tech, and helped lift Tech to a top-10 final season ranking each year.
Newton, who worked at Alabama for two years (2005-07), helped coach the Crimson Tide to a sixth-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Championship and was involved in all facets of the Crimson Tide program. He helped revamp the golf booster program and golf camp while assisting in the development of all-Southeastern Conference players Michael Thompson, Gator Todd and Matthew Swan.
"Christian made a big impact in every aspect of the program," said Tech head coach Bruce Heppler. "Our fund-raising level is the highest it has ever been, and our recruiting has improved tremendously. He did a terrific job day-to-day working with our players in practice. Implementing some new and effective things, and in areas like social media, which we had never done before. We lost one of the best coaches in the country, but people like Christian will get their opportunity to run their own program eventually. We were fortunate to have him for as long as we did."
A native of Lyons, Ga., Newton was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Georgia Southern, from 2003-2005, helping the Eagles to a tie for 13th at the 2005 NCAA Championship. He also assisted in coaching two All-Americans, Aron Price and David Palm, the Eagles' first All-Americans since the 1989-90 season.
Newton has worked as a golf shop assistant at Southern Links Golf Club in Statesboro and as assistant ticket manager for the AT&T Classic/Atlanta Classic Foundation, and competed on the Developmental Professional Golf Tour in 2002.
Newton earned a bachelor's degree in sports management from Georgia Southern in 2002, and completed his master's in sports management there in 2004. He played golf four years (1997-2001) for the Eagles, earned all-Southern Conference honors in 2001 and also played in the NCAA Championship that spring.
Newton was married in January, 2009, to the former Jessica O'Dwyer of Atlanta and the couple recently had their first child, Keegan.