May 20, 2014
Abbott named women's golf assistant coach
PGA member has both instruction and college coaching background

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech head women’s golf coach Carol Robertson has announced the hiring of Russell Abbott as the program’s first assistant coach.

Abbott, a member of the PGA of America, comes to the Hokies from The Landings Club in Savannah, Georgia, where he has served as the first assistant golf professional since 2007. At The Landings, Abbott has performed a wide-range of golf professional duties, including staff supervision, merchandising, running junior clinics, fitting clubs, running tournaments and group clinics and giving lessons.

During his time at The Landings, Abbott gave private lessons, using the V1 and Apple software videotaping, utilizing state-of-the-art technology to enhance the learning process. Virginia Tech women’s golf will employ similar technologies, including launch monitor systems. Abbott is also experienced with seven different golf club fitting systems, helping players better perform with properly fitted equipment.

“I had a few months to think about the type of assistant this budding program would need,” Robertson said. “I am confident I found a great fit in Russell. He will not only be a great ambassador on the road recruiting, but a coach who can develop each individual player to reach their full potential.”

Abbott worked in banking from 2005-07, but was an assistant golf professional at Sea Palms Golf and Tennis Resort from 2002-05, where he was also involved in running tournaments and junior clinics and giving both private and large group lessons.

Abbott’s first job out of college was at Mercer University, where he was the assistant golf coach for both the men’s and women’s golf programs. His duties with the Bears included recruiting, running tournaments, instructing, training and working with the budget.

A 1999 graduate of Valdosta State with a degree in sports medicine, Abbott earned an MBA from Mercer in 2002 with a concentration in finance. He and his wife, Tiffany, have two sons, Brice (7) and Brandt (4).

Virginia Tech will welcome its first class of women’s golfers in the fall of 2014 and will begin competition in the fall of 2015.

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