Since July 1, 2006, Coach Gleason has mentored junior golfers and assisted their families navigate junior golf and the college process. Previous to leading RTCG, Coach Gleason was the Head Golf Coach at both the University of Southern California and Southern Methodist University and has 7 years of overall coaching experience at the Division I level, which includes 6 trips to the NCAA Finals with his team or an individual; one National Championship ring (2003) while serving as the assistant women's coach at USC; 5 years of experience as a professional golfer, playing all over the world and 4 years of college golf at UCLA. Over this time he has experienced the personal and professional commitment necessary to compete at the collegiate and professional level.
During his years as a professional, Gleason competed on the Asian, South American, Hooters, and Golden Bear Tours, while twice reaching the second stage of PGA Tour School and finishing third in the Canadian Match Play Championship. During his collegiate and amateur days, he was the Bruins' team captain and No. 1 player as a senior while earning All-Pac-10 second team honors. He also was twice a U.S. Amateur medalist at local qualifying and a U.S. Amateur Match Play participant in 1991 & 1992; in 1991 he faced David Duval at The Honors Course in Tennessee, losing 3 & 2 in the first round and in 1992 he met Tiger Woods at Murfield Village GC in Ohio only to lose in sudden death on the 19th hole.
While coaching, he played an integral role with his collegiate players and assisted them in developing the skill sets necessary to be successful student-athletes. Specifically, Gleason worked one-on-one with each student-athlete on his or her short game, mental development, and course management. In addition, he took on an active mentoring role with each player and guided him or her in a direction towards becoming a better person and student-athlete. His playing, coaching, and life experiences have transferred successfully into the overall improvement of both his individual players and teams. Now, through Road To College Golf, he will continue to mentor, lead, motivate, challenge and direct the next generation of golfers through junior golf and the college process.
Men's Head Golf Coach: University of Southern California
Men's & Women's Assistant Golf Coach: University of Southern California
Men's Head Golf Coach: Southern Methodist University
Men's Assistant Golf Coach: Southern Methodist University
Recruited #1 class in the country as rated by Golfweek Magazine in 2006
Helped guide USC Men's team to three consecutive top 16 finishes at the NCAA Finals, highlighted by a 6th place finish in 2005, USC's best finish since 1996
Led SMU to a 15th place finish at the 2001 NCAA Championships, which was their 2nd best finish in 25 years
Voted District VI Coach of the Year in 2001 by Golfweek Magazine
Coached 8 Division I All-American golfers & 4 Academic All-Americans during collegiate career