Ratliff was a four-year member of the UTC team that watched one of its players (Steven Fox) win the U.S. Amateur Championship just a year ago. The Mocs and Ratliff claimed Southern Conference tournament titles in 2011 and 2012.
“I am ecstatic to be adding Alex to our program,” said Maupin. “I spent most of the summer looking for a good replacement for (former grad assistant) Chad Wilson. I definitely think we found that in Alex. He comes from a tremendous golf program, and has experience at the highest level.”
“I think Alex will be great at relating to our players,” Maupin added. “I expect him to have a positive impact on our program right away.”
Before joining the Mocs, Ratliff was a standout golfer for Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett High School. As a freshman he set a state record by firing a 64 in regional competition. He also tied for third in the prestigious 2012 Tennessee State Open.
Ratliff was prepared to begin work on his MBA at UTC when he received the phone call from Maupin. “I talked to a couple of people about Lee and got positive responses.” He also noted that Maupin had shared with him the potential of the two programs.
“After touring the campus with the coach last week, I was very impressed with the building and the overall facilities. I’ll be among the first 25 members of Lee’s new MBA program,” he commented.
Ratliff graduated from UTC in four years with a degree in business management and a 3.48 GPA. He spent the summer months working at Kenco Logistics.
“I was ready to get away from the desk and the computer for a while,” he admitted. “I think I will enjoy working with the players and helping them reach their potential.”