Rich brazeau, founder and president - second nine consulting
As a former college golf coach, player, AJGA employee and overall fanatic for the college game I am very excited to be starting Second Nine. I know that based on my 10+ years in the college golf industry that my knowledge, philosophy and network will allow me to help junior golfers and their families find their best fit for college golf. My time with the AJGA has allowed me an even deeper understanding of junior golf, tournament scheduling and how this can directly affect college recruitment. This can be a very stressful process for families and my job is to MAKE IT SIMPLE!
My philosophy on college placement revolves around finding the "best fit" for each player and family based on their priorities in finding a school. Each player and family will have different wants and needs from an academic, athletic, social aspect. After spending over 6 years as a Division 1 coach, I have seen hundreds of recruits go through this process and know what it takes to play at every level (Division 1, Division 2+3 and NAIA). I am confident that my skills and knowledge will help families figure out what is most important to them and establish a great list of "target schools" based on their needs. This is an incredibly important part of the process and often overlooked.
I am also incredibly proud and honored to be one of the AJGA's College Golf Advisors. The AJGA has been a huge part of my golfing life, as a player, employee and coach. I am so happy to be working with them again.
2012-2015 - Assistant Golf Coach, United States Military Academy at West Point
2009-2012 - Assistant Golf Coach, Seton Hall University
2009 - AJGA, Operations
2008 - Golf Professional, Portsmouth CC, Portsmouth NH
Education - MBA (International Business, Seton Hall University, 2011 - BS/BA in Sport Management, Seton Hall University, 2008
2006-2008 - Seton Hall Golf Captain
west point highlights
Team ranking rose in one year from 240 to 80
Cultivated the #1 ranked recruiting class in 2013 with both recruits ranked in top 5 nationally
Secured commitments from two highly ranked 2014 recruits who are thriving in the USMA
Created extensive network in golf industry to develop relationships with potential recruits or donors
Managed donor base communication and relationships, including largest gift in program history of
Led the charge to create and implement first ever Army Golf Alumni event, seeing over 20% growth in
Tournament director for 5 tournaments, including 2014 Patriot League conference championship
Helped the 2013-14 team break 13 school scoring records
Including Low 54, 36 and 18 hole team and individual records
Directed charity clinics for Team RWB, one of the largest veteran outreach organizations in country
Coached 3 All Region players in 2015
Coached 3 Patriot League Tournament individual champions
Brian watts, West coast associate
2011-2017, Head Golf Coach, United States Military Academy at West Point
2003-2011, Head Golf Coach, Oregon State University
1999-2003, Assistant Golf Coach, Oregon State University
Education, BA, Western Oregon University
- Coached 2 conference championship winning teams and 4 individual conference champions at West Point
- 2 time Patriot League Coach of the Year
- 2015 Northeast Region Coach of the Year
- Led 10 golfers to All-Patriot League First Team honors and six to All-Patriot League second team honors
- Coached four Patriot League Player of the Year recipients, two Patriot League Rookie of the Year honorees, a GCAA/PING Academic All American and eight GCAA/PING All-Region recipients.
- During the 2009-10 season, the Beavers ranked in the top 25 and finished 16th at the NCAA Championships at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Watts helped guide senior Diego Velasquez to a host of national honors as he tied the course record with a six-under-par 66 on the way to a fourth-place finish and a first team All-America selection.
- Watts steered Oregon State to NCAA Regional appearances in each of his final four seasons, including a fourth-place finish in 2009-10.
- While at Oregon State, he coached teams that won eight tournament titles, 11 individual championships, one Pac-10 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year and led two players who participated in the NCAA Leadership Conference.
- Watts has coached several players playing professionally on the European Tour, Web.com Tour, Asian Tour as well other worldwide tours.