A.J. Broderick Steps Down as Men’s Golf Coach; Damon Salo Named Interim

A.J. Broderick being named the 2013 Sun Conference Coach of the Year
A.J. Broderick being named the 2013 Sun Conference Coach of the Year

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (March 13, 2018) – Men's Golf coach A.J. Broderick has stepped down to pursue other career opportunities outside of coaching, Johnson & Wales Director of Athletics Dave Griffore announced on Tuesday.  Stepping in for Broderick will be former Wildcat Damon Salo as interim head coach.

"It's been an unbelievable and rewarding ride at JWU," Broderick said. "I will forever be grateful for the opportunities, memories and lasting relationships forged during my time here. I want to thank all the parents and everyone in the Wildcat family for all of the love and support every time we competed. To all my current and former players, thank you for your passion, commitment and for pushing me to bring it every day. This current group can be special. They have plenty of unfinished business this season and I know they will be successful."

"We cannot thank A.J. enough for his commitment to excellence with our men's golf program," Griffore said. "He has accomplished so much during his time here and has had a huge impact on so many student-athletes. We wish him well in his new journey."

Broderick has spent the past six seasons as the head coach of the men's golf program, winning 20 tournaments, including six Sun Conference Majors and three Sun Conference Championships in a row (2015, 2016, 2017).  He was a four-time Sun Conference Coach of the Year (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) and was named NAIA South Region Coach of the Year in 2016. Last season, Broderick guided the Wildcats to the Sun Conference Championship, four individual championships, and finished eighth at the 2017 NAIA National Championship at TPC Deere Run.

This season, JWU is ranked No. 8 in the latest NAIA Men's Golf Coaches Poll, having finished in the top three in six outings, including wins at the Dave Adamonis Sr. Invitational at Trump National Doral in Doral, Florida, and the ACU Spring Invitational at the Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona.

A 2015 graduate of JWU, Salo was a three-time Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-American (2013, 2014, 2015) and helped the Wildcats to the 2015 TSC Tournament title as well as three appearances in the NAIA National Championships (2013, 2014, 2015). 

"We are extremely excited that Damon Salo has agreed to serve as our interim men's golf coach," Griffore said. "He was a tremendous student-athlete for JWU, and more importantly he understands what we need to finish out this year."

A national search for the team's next coach will begin immediately.