A 1998 Florida graduate and former player under coach Buddy Alexander, Josh McCumber begins his first season as an assistant coach with the Gator program.
McCumber will work with the squad by helping improve golfers' swing techniques and developing practice routines that will aid in athletes peaking at the right time. His duties will also include assisting in recruiting, helping to plan course management, running camps and working in the gym with student athletes.
McCumber was a two-time All-American for the Gators and concluded his career just outside the top 10 in career stroke average. He graduated from Florida with a degree in business management with an emphasis on landscape architecture and has spent the past five years working with McCumber Golf, while also competing on a professional level.
He played on the 2002 Golden Bear Tour and the 2000 Montgomery Sports Tour and he advanced to the second stage in both the 2002 and 1999 PGA Tour qualifying schools. This past winter, Josh was the leading money winner on the Florida Times-Union Tour.
As a senior in 1998, McCumber placed seventh at the SEC Championships. The previous year, he helped lead the Gators to a 15th-place showing at the NCAA Championships by finishing 42nd with a nine-over par 293. He was also an Academic All-SEC pick in 1997.
McCumber earned third-team All-America honors and was a first team All-SEC selection in 1995-96 after leading Florida with 10 top-20 finishes on the season. He tied for the team lead by placing inside the top 10 six times. He earned the first collegiate victory of his career as a sophomore at the Windon Memorial Classic by edging Tiger Woods. He was an honorable mention All-America pick as a freshman and was named the SEC Freshman of the Year.
"It is exciting to be back in Gainesville," McCumber said. "I love the University of Florida and I am looking forward to helping the golf program continue to be one of the best in the country."
A native of Middleburg, Fla., McCumber was named the Florida Times-Union Jacksonville High school Player of the Year in both 1993 and 1994 and was a two-time All-State selection.