Ron Waters, Maryville College's Director of Golf, has decided to retire at the end of May.
Waters was hired in 2008, and for the past 10 years has formed the foundation for a successful NCAA Division III golf program in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
In only his second season at the helm (2010-11), Waters directed the Scots' men to the Great South Athletic Conference title while developing All-American Trey Bridwell. For his efforts, Ron was named the 2011 Great South Coach of the Year. In a pair of seasons within the GSAC, Waters produced a pair of all-conference performers and two all-freshman honorees.
In 2012-13, Maryville College joined the USA South, one of the best NCAA Division III golf conferences in the country.
In seven seasons within this league, Waters' squads have advanced to the USA South Tournament in each of those seasons as a top-eight contender. His squad finished fifth in 2018, posting their best score within the USA South Tournament since joining the conference.
The Scots shot a 45-over 909 in the 54-hole event, while Waters coached Tyler Bray to a USA South Rookie of the Year bid during the 2017-18 campaign.
Waters was also crucial in starting the women's program at Maryville College, as he led MC to the only two Great South Athletic Conference Women's Golf Tournaments to be played in league history. He coached standouts Megan Lee and Alyse Ray to top-10 finishes within the GSAC tournament, as the squad finished third in 2010-11.
The head coach also had a hand in leading current MC standout Katelyn Witucki to numerous Maryville College records – including breaking the Scots' career birdie mark in just two campaigns.
Collectively in his career, Waters coached six All-Conference performers and ten Academic All-Americans while claiming seven tournaments. He elevated the program to a No. 30 national ranking in March of 2019.
Kandis Schram, Director of Athletics at Maryville College, says this about Coach Waters. "Maryville College has been extremely fortunate to have someone like Ron Waters at the helm of the golf program. His knowledge, passion, reputation, and work ethic have been key factors in our success. We all wish Ron nothing but the very best and hope he will always feel welcome and part of the MC family."
Coach Waters retired from Heritage High School, in 2008 after 30 years of service as a teacher and coach. While at Heritage, he coached the golf teams for 12 years and was named as District or Regional Coach of the Year on four occasions. He also served as the school's boys basketball coach for 16 seasons.
As an amateur player Waters has won many of Tennessee's top amateur and professional events such as the 2011 "Tennessee Senior Amateur" the 2012 "Tennessee PGA Senior Players Championship" the Tennessee PGA's "Coca Cola Chattanooga Open" in 2000 and the "Rocky Top Tour's River Islands Open" in 2000.
Waters has also won many of East Tennessee's top amateur events such as the Holston Hills Invitational, Ridgefield Invitational, Lakeway Championship, Ping Open, the Knox and Anderson County Amateurs, and a record five Blount County amateur championships.
He is a 15-time Green Meadow Country Club Champion and in 2000 he represented the Tennessee Golf Association in the International Team Matches in Lima, Peru. He has also been a member of the "Tennessee Challenge Cup" team ten times.
In 2009, Coach Waters was elected to the Blount County Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2017, he was inducted into the Cleveland State Community College Sports Hall of Fame.
Waters received his B.S. in Education from the University of Tennessee in 1978 and an M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in 1988.
"I've been very fortunate to recruit and coach a group of outstanding young men and women who were not only good players but even better people," stated Coach Waters. "I hope that they will continue to be friends for life."
Waters continued, "As for the coaching staff at Maryville, I've been fortunate to work alongside an outstanding group of hard-working coaches and I wish them continued success in the years to come."
Coach Waters and his wife Lynn reside in Alcoa.