Robert Duck, who helped coach both the Florida State men's and women's golf teams to their respective NCAA Tournaments in 2012, is in his second season as an assistant coach under Trey Jones. He works directly with each of the players on both teams and has been a sensational addition to the Seminoles' coaching staff. Duck's affable personality which allows him to relate to the players on a one-on-one and team basis, his strong teaching skills and his ability to help each golfer with his course management skills allowed him to quickly become an important member of Florida States coaching staff in his first season in Tallahassee.
Duck works with both programs at Florida State in the areas of player development, recruiting and daily team and individual coaching responsibilities.
Duck was an instrumental part of the coaching staff as both the Seminole men's and women's teams advanced to their respective NCAA Tournaments for a school record seventh consecutive season. The Seminole men finish in ninth place in the NCAA Championship Finals, in a tie for third place at the NCAA Southwest Regional Championship and in third place in the ACC Championship in 2012. Duck helped Florida State earn tournament championships at the 2012 Seminole Intercollegiate and the 2012 FAU Spring Break Invitational as the Seminoles earned seven top five team finishes during his first season in Tallahassee. His teaching abilities and coaching philosophies also translated well with the Seminole women as they finished in 10th place in the NCAA Central Regional and in fourth place in the ACC Championship.
Duck also coached two of the top golfers in school history - Brooks Koepka and Maria Salinas -- during their senior seasons. Koepka enjoyed the best season of his career as he won three individual titles, earned ACC Golfer of the Year and All-American honors and played in his first U.S. Open. Salinas earned All-America and All-ACC honors and participated in the NCAA Championship finals for the third time in her career.
The Seminoles - both the men and the women - were ranked among the nation's top 25 teams throughout his first season at Florida State. The men were ranked as high as No. 13 while the women were ranked as high as No. 22 nationally in 2012.
Duck, a rising star in the collegiate coaching ranks, is in his second season as an assistant coach at Florida State. He was the acting head coach at Augusta State in 2002 and served the Jaguars as a volunteer assistant coach during the 2001-02 season and as an assistant coach during the 2002-2003 season. During his tenure as the acting coach at Augusta State, the Jaguars were ranked as high as No. 9 nationally.
COLLEGIATE PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Duck enjoyed a standout career at Augusta State (1998-01) where he earned All-America honors as a sophomore (1999) and led the Jaguars to three NCAA Championship appearances (1998, 1999, 2001). He is one of the top golfers in the storied history of the Augusta State program and remains listed prominently in the record book more than 10 years after his playing career ended. Duck owns the school record for lowest stroke average by a freshman (73.22) in 1998 - an average that still ranks as the seventh best single season stroke average in school history. His career stroke average of 73.86 is ranked ninth in school history. During his career he earned 12 top 10 and 28 top 20 individual finishes.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY AS A PLAYER
Duck led Augusta State to three NCAA Championship tournament appearances and helped the Jaguars to a seventh place finish as a senior. The seventh place finish was the best in program history at the time. With the foundation put in place by Duck and his teammates, the Jaguars won the NCAA Titles in 2010 and 2011.
SUCCESS IN PROFESSIONAL WORLD
Duck enjoyed a successful career as a manager of professional golfers for the Hambric Sports Group (2003-2012) before accepting his current assistant coaching position at Florida State. Based in London, Duck was the supervisor of the European Division of Hambric Stellar Golf. He was a player manager who oversaw public relations and marketing for seven clients including 1988 Masters champion Sandy Lyle, 2005 European Tour Rookie of the Year Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, former Augusta State All-American Oliver Wilson and Francesco Molinari.
Duck is married to the former Michelle Digsby. He earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Augusta State in 2001. A native of Northampton, England, he represented Great Britain-Ireland as a member of the 1998 Palmer Cup team. He played in the 1997 European Amateur Championship and finished tied as the runner-up with Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald.