Dec. 5, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Andy Seeley
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – Bill Rankin loves working with the UCF men’s golf team. But he loves his wife more.
Rankin is stepping down from his post as assistant coach with the UCF men’s golf team to be with his wife, Louisa. The two were married in June, but she attends school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where she is studying to become an anesthetist.
The couple spent one year together in college when Bill was a senior and a member of the golf team at Michigan and Louisa was a sophomore. But for the four-plus years since, they’ve lived more than 2,000 miles apart.
“It was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” Rankin said of leaving UCF. “Being a husband, I need to be there for my wife. It’s very difficult because I’ve loved being around the guys.”
Rankin said leaving UCF is made even more difficult because of his relationship with head coach Bryce Wallor.
“I was given a great opportunity with Bryce,” Rankin said. “He’s been the best mentor I could have asked for in coaching and with me just being a young professional. He does things the right way. He’s a person of integrity. He works extremely hard for his guys. It’s such a pleasure working for Bryce every day. I’m leaving a team that’s been very successful and I feel I’ve had a big part in that success. I wish I could see it through. But it just happened to be the right time for me.”
Rankin deserves a plenty of credit for the success the Knights have enjoyed during his time on staff, according to Wallor. Rankin joined the UCF men’s golf program prior to the 2011-12 season. During his two full seasons with the Knights, the squad advanced to the NCAA Championship, enjoyed Top 25 national rankings and earned numerous individual accolades.
“If you just look at our record in the time he spent here, his contribution has been invaluable,” Wallor said. “He has been loyal, hard-working, extremely motivated for success. From a leadership standpoint, he’s done a fantastic job. I think he’s left his mark on our school and certainly on our success.
“Personally, for me, Bill has been a great friend,” Wallor continued. “Professionally, he’s been great with our student-athletes. He has been so reliable in every area. Those things are very comforting for a head coach.”
Rankin plans to work on a graduate degree, but doesn’t foresee coaching in his future. But he will look back fondly on his time at UCF and will always be a Knight.
“I’ve loved coaching at UCF and that’s a credit to the guys I’ve had a chance to work with and the people on the staff here,” Rankin said. “I’ve loved every bit of it and it’s very bittersweet to leave. I feel like every day I’ve given as much as I can to be the best coach that I can be. I came here as a bit of an outsider. I didn’t know a lot about UCF. But I get to leave knowing that I have Black and Gold running through me.”