Vargas, who came to Texas Tech after spending the past two seasons at Arizona, will serve as the Red Raiders’ associate head coach.
After a strong 2020-21 season at North Texas, Vargas accepted a role at the University of Arizona, helping lead the Durcats to an NCAA Bryan Regional title and the program’s first trip to the NCAA Championship since 2011.
In his two seasons with the Wildcats, Vargas helped mentor several all-conference selections, including Christian Banke, who was named a first-team All-Pac-12 in 2021-22, and Chase Sinkiewicz, a second-team All-Pac-12 selection in both. His seasons.
This season, Arizona won its first home tournament (the Arizona NEET) since 2003, with freshman Zach Polo earning the co-medalist honors. Polo was the first UofA freshman to win the tournament since 2004.
They advanced to regionals in both of Vargas’ seasons with the Wildcats, highlighted by a trip to the NCAA Championship in 2021-22.
After professional stints on the Web.com Tour (now the Korn Ferry Tour) and PGA TOUR Latino America, Vargas made the transition to college coaching, coaching in North Texas with former Florida assistant Brad Strack.
Vargas also assisted 2021 C-USA Man of the Year and 2021 individual medalist Vicente Marzillion during his time with the Mean Green.
The Mean Green finished second at the 2021 C-USA Championships and also featured All-C-USA Third Team selection Lenny Bergson and All-Freshman Team selection Nikhil Gopal.
A native of Miami, Vargas played his college golf at the University of Florida and was a three-time All-America selection in 2006, leading the Gatos to a first-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Championship.
Vargas was named an All-SEC Second Team selection and Tabeb was a Ping All-Southeast Region Team selection. Florida finished in the SEC’s top-two in three of his four seasons, including the 2003 Southeastern Conference title.
Vargas and his wife Courtney have two daughters, Cassidy and Evelyn.
What are they saying (HC GREG SANDS):
“In a short amount of time, James has become one of the best assistant coaches in our business. We couldn’t be more excited to have him come to Texas Tech as our associate head coach. He brings a unique skill set. He will help us move forward with confidence. James will be a great asset to the recruiting pipeline.” Plus, his successful professional career gives him the unique ability to develop the players we have now. I can’t wait for James and his family to get here to Lubbock and get him started!”