June 7, 2013
"Andrew brings with him a proven track record of success and I look forward to his future here at Auburn," said Evans. "We are proud to welcome Coach Pratt and his family into the Auburn family and I know our fans will make them feel at home here. I am really excited about having him on board here and I know he is going to make an immediate impact with our players."
During his two seasons at Tulane, Pratt compiled an impressive record which includes an appearance at the 2013 NCAA Championship, appearances at both the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Regionals, the 2013 Conference USA title, 11 Top-5 finishes, 12 Top-10 finishes and being named the 2013 Conference USA Coach of the Year.
"I would like to thank Kim, Meredith (Jenkins) and Mr. (Jay) Jacobs for giving me this incredible opportunity," said Pratt. "My family and I are extremely honored and excited about joining the Auburn Family. I look forward to working alongside one of the best coaches in collegiate golf and helping this program and its student-athletes reach all of their goals. Auburn is a very special place with great history, tradition and pride and I look forward to adding to the tradition."
Pratt comes to The Plains after guiding Tulane to one of the finest seasons in program history. He led the Green Wave to a Conference USA title, a school-best runner-up finish at the NCAA East Regionals and to a school-record ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Tulane posted eight Top-5 finishes in 11 tournaments, which included four runner-up showings, and completed the season ranked 13th in the final Golfstat.com poll.
Along the way, Tulane set 11 team or individual single season and career records and four golfers completed the year ranked among Golfstat.com's Top-100. For his efforts, Pratt was named the 2013 Conference USA and Louisiana Golf Coach of the Year.
Prior to his tenure at Tulane, Pratt spent three seasons as an assistant coach with Tennessee, helping the Lady Vols make three consecutive NCAA Championship appearances and win four regular season tournament titles.
Pratt's own professional experience on the links includes four years on the Nationwide Tour (2004-07) where he compiled five Top-10 finishes and came in runner-up at the 2005 Xerox Classic. Additionally, he was the 2004 and 2005 Tennessee State Open Champion, the 2004 Tennessee State Amateur Champion and appeared in the U.S. Amateur Championship (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003) and the 2004 British Amateur Championship.
A native of Bartlett, Tenn., Pratt played collegiately at Tennessee from 1999-03, lettering all four years, and competed in the 2000 and 2003 NCAA Championship, earned All-SEC Second Team honors in 2002 and was named an All-American Academic three times. He received his undergraduate degree in sports management in 2004.
Pratt and his wife, Sara Buff, are the parents of two sons: Cooper, 2, and Weston, born May 2, 2013.