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Moments in TSU History: Former Tiger Coaches Tiger
Friday, May 22, 2020
Moments in TSU History: Former Tiger Coaches Tiger

Sean Foley, a former golfer at Tennessee State University, was named Tiger Woods' swing coach before the 2010 PGA Championship.

A native of Canada, Foley, played for TSU under then head coach Catana Starks for four years, 1993-97. He is now one of the world's top swing coaches.

Foley, confidently predicted Woods would return to the top of his game in 2010, according to He said that he believed Woods would shatter Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championship victories.

Woods had been without a coach since he parted ways with Hank Haney in May of 2010. They had worked together for six years. The only other coach the world's No. 1 player employed as a professional was Butch Harmon, which lasted until 2003.

"I find it amazing how quickly Tiger went from almost a messiah in the golf world to someone who people say is finished or done," Foley said. "I know as a teacher I'm only teaching him things he's already done before. It's like working with Amadeus. We're talking about a straight-up genius."

Foley conceded that when he first began working with Woods, the experience was surreal.

"I spent years cheering this guy from afar," Foley said when named Woods' swing coach. "And now he's standing next to me on the range asking me about his golf swing."

But Foley, who also worked with high profile clients Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose, Stephen Ames and Sean O'Hair, said his rapport with Woods developed naturally.

"He's a guy's guy, and we talk about sports," Foley said. "We've created this thing in our mind that says: 'Oh, its Tiger. There he is.' But he's just a guy who happens to be a way better golfer than most everybody else."

Foley was Woods' swing coach for two seasons.