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Men's Golf

Battle Tested

STANFORD, Calif.Conrad Ray has named Matthew Bortis as the new Enlight Foundation Assistant Coach for Men's Golf, it was announced Thursday.

"We are extremely excited to have Matt to join our golf family," said Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "Matt brings tremendous skills and life experience that will translate well with our team."

Bortis played collegiately at Arkansas for three seasons, twice earning All-Southeastern Conference accolades and was a three-time SEC Athlete of the Week. He transferred to Texas for his senior year in 2007 and finished 62nd in the NCAA Championships, securing PING All-American honorable mention. Bortis collected two individual collegiate wins during his career.

In 2008, he graduated from Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and a minor in communications.

In 2010, Bortis joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a personnel training manager and special operations team commander. He oversaw 44 junior personnel in daily operations and training and they received the "Top Squad" award for tactical proficiency, knowledge and physical fitness.

Bortis also organized and implemented a 12-month developmental training program for more than 175 personnel and handled the administrative and logistical requirements for an eight-month overseas deployment. He also served as lead planner and officer in charge for the development and integration of a special operations team comprised of 14 diverse personnel into an area where no U.S. forces had been present.

"Team building, accountability and hard work are all things that we focus on, and throughout his career with the Marine Corps, Matt has shown that he is capable of bringing those qualities out among the people he works with," Ray said. "His golf background is also very strong, which will be great for our guys to learn from."

Bortis is married and his wife's name is Alena.