Mike Malarkey, whose tenure as head golf coach at the University of Tennessee

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

2329-1748-58.

"We owe thanks to Coach Malarkey for the hard work and leadership

he has provided in nearly a quarter-century as golf coach," Dickey

said.

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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