Gator Todd joined the Commodore men’s golf program as an assistant coach in 2017. The 2021-22 season will be his fifth on West End.
During the 2020-21 season, Todd witnessed every shot alongside freshman Cole Sherwood. Sherwood was the top finisher for the commodores at both the SEC and NCAA championships.
Todd helped guide Vandy to an SEC championship in which the Commodores beat Tennessee, Alabama and Arkansas, respectively, in match play. He then helped lead Vanderbilt to its first NCAA Regional championship and second-straight trip to the Elite Eight at the NCAA Champinships.
While Todd assisted Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh to his second SEC Coach of the Year honor in four years, he also helped signed the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class as Vandy added Gordon Sargent and Jackson Van Paris. Todd has also now coach five Palmer Cup members after William Moll was chosen for the 2021 team.
Todd has helped steer the Commodores to 11 team titles and three players — John Augenstein, Will Gordon, and Theo Humphrey — to individual titles. Vanderbilt has also advanced to two NCAA Championships and a semifinal appearance in 2019.
He has coached 10 All-America honorees — including first-teamers Augenstein, Gordon and Humphrey — through his first four seasons and three straight SEC Players of Year (Augenstein, Gordon and Humphrey). Vanderbilt has earned a top-10 national ranking in each of his first four seasons with the Commodores.
Todd came to Vanderbilt after spending one season at Marquette where the Golden Eagles captured the Big East title in 2017 and, along with Golden Eagle head coach Steve Bailey, was named the Big East Coaching Staff of the Year. Todd coached All-Big East players in Oliver Farrell and Matt Murlick as well as Big East Freshman of the Year Matthew Bachmann.
Todd’s golf career includes playing experience on the Web.com Tour, NGA Tour and E Golf Tours with Todd earning Web.com Tour membership in 2012. His career highlights include advancing to the final stage of the 2011 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, three professional career second-place finishes and a low professional round of 63.
Todd was the 2017 U.S. Open Local Qualifying medalist (5-under-par) in 2017 at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls.
While playing Todd experienced high-level instruction for five years (2010-15) at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center (GPC) in St. Simons Island, Georgia, under world-renowned and PGA award-winning instructors Todd Anderson and Randy Myers. GPC is used by numerous professional tour players, including major champions Stewart Cink, Lucas Glover, Zach Johnson, Justin Leonard and Davis Love III.
A four-year letter winner and All-SEC First Team selection at Alabama, Todd played in 44 tournaments during his Crimson Tide career while notching 14 top-10 finishes and five top-five showings highlighted by a career-low round of 64. Todd played in three NCAA Championships and, in Todd’s senior season, the 2008 Tide won the SEC title and earned the program’s first ever season-ending No. 1 ranking.
Todd is a native of Florence, Alabama, where he was a high school state champion and junior golf All-American at Coffee High School. His father, Richard Todd, was the sixth overall pick in the 1976 NFL Draft by the New York Jets and played 10 seasons as a quarterback in the NFL.
He married the former Mary Katherine Lake of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 2019.
What they’re saying about Gator Todd …
Todd Anderson, Director of instruction at the PGA Tour Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass
“I had the pleasure of teaching Gator for many years. His competitive spirt and playing experience will be a huge benefit to Coach Limbaugh and the Vanderbilt golf program.”
Former Commodore and PGA Professional Luke List
“Gator Todd will be a fantastic addition to the Vanderbilt men’s golf program. He is a quality individual and brings a strong competitive background. Coach Limbaugh has already developed a winning culture with the boys, and Gator will only add to that prowess.”
Former Commodore and PGA Professional Brandt Snedeker
“I’m so excited for Vanderbilt Golf on hiring Gator Todd as the new assistant coach. He is a high character individual that will bring enthusiasm and a desire to be the best. I look forward to watching him help Vanderbilt win many more championships!”