Tate Stepping Away From Men’s Golf Program

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Intercollegiate announced on Friday that men’s golf head Coach Philip Tate is stepping away from the program due to personal reasons.

Tate will move into a new role within the department, functioning as a special Assistant to the director of athletics.

Tate, who became the head Coach on September 4, 2015, guided the Vaqueros through one of the most successful stretches in program history, winning seven tournaments from 2018-21 while also seeing Luca Portelli (2021), Leonardo Novella (2021), Alvaro Hernandez (2018 and 2019), Pedro Lamadrid (2018 and 2019), and Casto Gomez-Ruiz (2017) earn All-WAC honors throughout his tenure.

“I want to personally thank Coach Tate for all of his hard work and dedication not only to his team and this department, but our entire university,” UTRGV Vice President and Director of Athletics Chasse Conque said. “During his tenure, Coach Tate helped grow our program and we are better for it. His teams were always active in community service and his student-athletes were always among our top academic performers as well. We wish Phil and his family all the best going forward. “

The program’s first Victory under Tate came in 2017-18, as the Vaqueros opened the spring season with a win at the Atchafalaya Intercollegiate, which began a streak of six top-five finishes, including a Victory at the Big Texan Invitational.

In 2018-19, Tate led the program to two more wins, taking the Brooks Invitational and the LA Tour Intercollegiate. That season, the Vaqueros set a program record for the lowest single-round team score with a 272 in the first round of the Border Olympics while recording the program’s second lowest three-round score with an 843 (285-275-283) at the GCU Invitational.

The 2019-20 season saw the Vaqueros add two more wins, coming away with the FGCU Classic and the Colin Montgomerie Invitational Championships. The Vaqueros successfully defended their title at the 2021 Colin Montgomerie Invitational.

Throughout his tenure, Tate has seen the Vaqueros post seven entries in the top-10 lowest three-round team scores in program history and seven entries in the top-10 lowest team single rounds.

Tate also put a big emphasis on success in the Classroom, as the program earned the Golf Coaches Association of America Team Academic honors in 2019, 2020, and 2021 while 13 student-athletes were recognized with the Cleveland Golf / Srixon All-American Scholar Awards.

“I want to thank everyone at UTRGV for their support as we tried to live the program to new heights,” Tate said. “I loved my time with the team and together we accomplished a lot of great things, won quite a few tournaments, and helped make the program Stronger. I know they will continue to move forward and will keep growing and keep getting better. I am excited about the future of the program, and I can’t wait to see what they can accomplish. “

A national search for Tate’s replacement will begin immediately.

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