included two Southeastern Conference championships, resigned Tuesday.
Athletics director Doug Dickey accepted the resignation, adding that
he had discussed the UT golf situation with Malarkey and decided it was
in the best interest of all concerned "to take the golf program in
a new direction."
Malarkey agreed with Dickey. "It is time for a new man," he
said, before meeting with his squad. A graduate of Memphis State, where
he was captain of the golf team, Malarkey came to UT in 1977 after spending
several years as the professional at golf clubs in Chattanooga, Florida
and New York.
In 1980 and 1990 Malarkey's teams won the SEC championship. He guided
the Vols to East regional tournament appearances in six of the past nine
years. He coached eight All-Americas and 24 All-SEC players. The Vols' overall
record for the past 22 years, accumulated in tournament competition, is
"We owe thanks to Coach Malarkey for the hard work and leadership
he has provided in nearly a quarter-century as golf coach," Dickey
Malarkey said, "It was a job I enjoyed immensely. I want to thank
all the players who have made up Vol golf. Finally, I want to thank all
Tennis Coach Recognized
First-year head coach Michael Fancutt was named the SEC Co-Coach of the
Year Tuesday by the Southeastern Conference tennis coaches. To date, Fancutt
has led the Vols to a 13-6 overall record and a 7-6 mark in the SEC. Last
season, Tennessee struggled to a 5-17 overall record and went 0-12 in conference
play. Fancutt led the Vols to an eight-win improvement from a year ago,
the best such effort in school history for a first-year coach. The Vols
have upset five ranked teams this season.
Mark Way was also named second-team All-SEC. The junior from Alstonville,
Australia has manned the No. 1 spot in the Vol lineup for most of the season.
In this week's rankings, Tennessee moved up from 22nd to 18th. Way jumped
from 99th to 50th in the singles rankings. In the doubles rankings, Way
and Chad Copenhaver vaulted from 17th to 12th.
Tennessee hits the road to take on Clemson on May 5 at 9 a.m.
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