It is the second straight year that the gold team has earned the honor.
Jerry Weeks begins his seventh season as men's golf coach for the University of Southern Mississippi. During his six five years at the helm, Southern Miss has reached heights that have never been attained by the Golden Eagles, including three top three finishes at the Conference USA Championships. In Weeks' first season, the Golden Eagles had four top six finishes. Joel Myrick captured the 2006 Adams Cup individual title played at Newport National Golf Club in Newport, Rhode Island. The 2006-07 season was capped off with a third place finish at the Conference USA Championship held at Texarkana Country Club in Texarkana, Arkansas.
In his second season, the Golden Eagles rode the momentum gained by their previous season's success to tally seven top six finishes, with four runner-ups. They concluded the season with another runner-up finish at the Conference USA Championships, their highest finish ever in the C-USA Championships. In addition, the Golden Eagles narrowly missed receiving their first-ever bid to the NCAA Regional Championship.
Coach Weeks and the Golden Eagles had great expectations for the 2008-09 season. However, due to a couple of key injuries, the Golden Eagles did not fulfill their goals. That season produced only four top six finishes.
Last year, Southern Miss started off slow, but picked things up late in the fall season, eventually finishing with five top six finishes. They closed the year with another runner-up finish at the Conference USA Championships. Weeks also coached his first NCAA Qualifier, as senior Paul Apyan participated in the NCAA Southwest Regionals.
Prior to coming to Southern Miss, Weeks was the Director of Golf Operations at Hattiesburg Country Club for twenty-five years. HCC has a rich and storied history. Many future Hall of Famers have roamed the fairways. Players such as Payne Stewart , Nick Faldo, Paul Azinger, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson and Davis Love III challenged the tree lined course when the PGA Tour's Magnolia Classic was played there. Weeks had a major role in coordinating and directing the large staff that was necessary to host the numerous PGA and USGA events that were held there.
Weeks also has been recognized for his teaching. He was voted one of the top three teachers in the state numerous times by Golf Digest. He was also selected to submit one of the "Top Ten Golf Tips of All-Time" by Golf Magazine. Weeks has had the opportunity to work beside some of the best instructors in the nation, including Claude Harmon, the 1948 Master's Champion and father of Butch Harmon, currently one of the top instructors in the country.
Weeks is a two-time winner of the prestigious Horton Smith Award in the Gulf States PGA Section. He was also "Merchandiser of the Year" for private facilities four times. In 1991, he received the Professional of the Year in Merchandising in the Southwest Region presented by Golf Industry Magazine.
Weeks is a five-time participant in the PGA Tour's Magnolia Classic, and he also played in the 1989 Club Professional Championship held in Pinehurst, N.C. He was also a member of the Mississippi Cub Team ten times, and is a 25-year member of the Professional Golfers Association of America.
Coach Weeks received his bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Alabama. He is married to the former Jackie Hitson. They have two children, son John and daughter Rachel.