COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s golf head coach Jay Moseley has announced the official hiring of Jimmy Beck as assistant coach.
Beck was a four-year letterwinner for Moseley at Kennesaw State from 2011-15 and has been in professional golf since graduation. He returns to the collegiate ranks to begin his coaching career and Moseley is looking forward to adding his background to the program.
“I could not be more excited about the current and future state of Buckeye Golf as we welcome Jimmy Beck into our program as assistant coach as Brad Smith has transitioned into another professional opportunity but will remain with our team in a volunteer assistant role,” Moseley said.
“Jimmy brings a wealth of knowledge from a player development standpoint, and he has an eye for talent that will be very beneficial in recruiting and identifying prospects,” Moseley continued. “Jimmy experienced success at every level of golf — junior, college, amateur and professional — and I know he’s excited to bring those experiences to help our athletes grow and learn. He is a great leader with high character values and will be a tremendous ambassador for Buckeye Nation.”
Beck was a three-time All-Atlantic Sun Conference player under Moseley while at Kennesaw. He claimed a pair of collegiate titles and also won the prestigious Georgia State Amateur in the summer between his sophomore and junior seasons. The Columbus, Ga., native was also a two-time A-Sun Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a two-time GCAA All-America Scholar.
Following graduation, Beck remained with Moseley as a volunteer assistant coach at KSU for the fall semester before embarking on a professional golf career over the next four years. He picked up a mini-tour victory and played two seasons on the Korn Ferry Tour.
Beck has been with the team in an interim role since the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate. The team won the title that week and would go on to finish fifth at the Big Ten Championship and then finish fourth at the Auburn Regional to qualify for the NCAA Championship.
Beck replaces Brad Smith who served as the assistant coach for seven seasons from 2015 to this past spring. Smith will remain with the program as a volunteer assistant coach. He was a four-year letterwinner from 2007-11 and earned All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 2011. He helped lead the Buckeyes to the NCAA Championship twice as a player in 2009 and 2011 as well as three times as a coach in 2019, 2022 and 2023.
“Bittersweet is the only word to describe Brad’s departure as our assistant coach because of the legacy he left as an athlete and coach in our program,” Moseley said. “But we are thrilled for him and his family with the new career opportunity he has. We are also tremendously grateful that he’s agreed to remain involved with our team in an official role as our volunteer assistant. His value to our program is priceless and we could not be more excited to continue striving to help Buckeye Golf be better every day.”
The Buckeyes have qualified for the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive season and will open play at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday morning at 10:05 a.m. ET.