Robert Duck's diverse and successful career in the sport of golf - on the collegiate and professional levels - and his fantastic ability to relate his experiences as a coach and a teacher, are attributes that serve him well as a member of the Florida State golf coaching staff.
In his third season as an assistant coach with both the Seminoles' men's and women's programs, Duck has helped continue Florida State's tradition of NCAA appearances, All-Americans and All-ACC performers during his tenure. He works with both programs at Florida State in the areas of player development, recruiting and daily team and individual coaching responsibilities.
Duck has helped coach both programs into the NCAA Tournament while working with All-Americans and All-ACC honorees on both teams. In his first two seasons at Florida State, the men have produced two All-Americans, five All-ACC selections, one ACC Golfer of the Year and one ACC Freshman of the Year while the women have produced one All-American and two All-ACC performers.
During his first two seasons, the Seminole men and the Seminole women have appeared in the NCAA Tournament twice each with the men finishing in ninth in the team standings in the 2012 NCAA Championship finals and tied for 11th in the 2013 NCAA Championship finals. In addition, neither team has finished outside of the top four in the ACC Championships as the men have finished in second and third and the women have earned two fourth place finishes with Duck as a an assistant coach.
Duck's work with Florida State's players has led to incredible individual success in his first two seasons in Tallahassee. His teaching abilities and coaching philosophies have helped accelerate the careers of two of the top men's players in school history - Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger - as well as two of the top performers on the women's team - Maria Salinas and Jessica Negron. Koepka was named the ACC Golfer of the Year in 2012 and was a three-time All-ACC selection while Berger earned All-ACC honors and played for the United States' Palmer Cup team in 2013. Salinas finished in second place in the NCAA Central Regional and earned All-American honors in 2012 while Negron earned All-ACC honors and finished with one of the lowest stroke averages in school history in 2013.
Duck has helped coach the Florida State men to five tournament championships in his first two seasons. The Seminoles earned tournament championships at the 2012 Seminole Intercollegiate, the 2012 FAU Spring Break Invitational, the 2013 Gator Invitational, the 2013 Seminole Intercollegiate and the 2013 Gary Koch Intercollegiate. He has helped the Seminole women advance to the 2012 NCAA Central Regional and 2013 NCAA West Regional Championships.
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. The men finished the 2013 season ranked No. 12 nationally.
Duck, one of the rising stars in collegiate coaching, is in his third season as an assistant coach at Florida State. He was the acting head coach at Augusta State in 2002, served the Jaguars as a volunteer assistant coach during the 2001-02 season and was an assistant coach for the program during the 2002-03 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 nearly 15 years after his playing career ended. Duck owns the school record for lowest stroke average by a freshman (73.22) which he set 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.
COLLEGIATE COACHING EXPERIENCE
Duck's ability to communicate with the players he coaches is illustrated by the success those players have earned on the golf course. In only two years at Florida State he has worked with three All-Americans, five All-ACC honorees, one ACC Golfer of the Year and one ACC Freshman of the Year. Each of the four teams (two men's and two women's) he has helped coach at Florida State has played in the NCAA Tournament and both teams have been ranked in the nation's top 25 during the first two years of his tenure in Tallahassee.
ON COURSE COACHING
Because he has played and coached such a high levels, Duck has quickly become known as a players' coach. His ability to help each student-athletes create long-term training schedules and encourage them to work towards those goals on a daily basis has helped create a teaching environment that has fostered the recent successes of both the Seminoles' men's and women's programs.
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. The couple has two daughters, Annabel (6) and Hannah (3). 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. Duck played in the 1997 European Amateur Championship and finished tied as the runner-up with Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald.