Former Wildcat Fuqua Named Assistant Coach

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Wildcat great Ben Fuqua will return to the Big Blue Nation as an assistant coach for the Kentucky men’s golf team, head coach Brian Craig announced on Monday. Fuqua is a former captain and four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats from 2005-09.

"It is with great enthusiasm that I announce Ben Fuqua as our new assistant coach,” Craig said. “Ben played for us and was an exceptional player and a true servant leader as team captain. He has tremendous integrity and a passion for mentoring young people. Throw in the fact that he can flat-out teach putting and loves the University of Kentucky and we have a perfect match. I can't wait for Coach Fuqua to get started helping us pursue our goal of winning SEC and NCAA Championships."

Fuqua (pronounced FEW-kway) began his career at Kentucky as a member of the 2005 SEC Championship squad. In all, he served as team captain for his final two seasons and appeared in 24 tournaments throughout his career. He claimed four top-five performances, which included one victory.

"I am honored to once again be a part of the UK golf program,” Fuqua said. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time here as a player. I am excited to help Coach Craig continue his success and represent the Big Blue Nation at the highest level.”

Following his playing career, Fuqua played professional golf for three years before moving into the coaching ranks.

Fuqua served as the head coach at Asbury University and Lexington Catholic High School from 2013-14 before serving as a volunteer assistant at Kentucky during the 2014-15 season. At Asbury, Fuqua helped direct Steven Brooks to the 2013 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Individual Championship. During his rise up the coaching ranks, Fuqua also served as a private golf instructor.

The former 2003 Kentucky Mr. Golf and the 2003 KHSAA State Champion captured three United States Golf Association medals during his amateur career. He holds the UK record for a 54-hole tournament score (198) and was a two-time All-SEC Academic team member. Furthermore, he rose to a top-10 ranking in the GolfWeek Individual College Rankings during his junior season.

A native of Danville, Ky., Fuqua earned a bachelor of arts in communications from Kentucky in 2010.

Fuqua replaces Jessie Mudd who was named the head coach at Lamar University. Mudd served as an assistant for the Wildcats for four seasons and helped UK to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014 and 10 top-three finishes during his tenure.

"What a great opportunity for Coach Mudd at Lamar,” Craig said. “He did a tremendous job for us and will do a great job leading his new program. We all appreciate his efforts to help our guys get better during his four years in Lexington and wish him the best of luck in this new chapter in his coaching career."

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