Jan. 20, 2000
Head Men's and Women's Golf Coach
Washington State University
In his four years as head men's golf coach at Sam Houston State University, Walt Williams helped the Bearkats move up the ladder in the Southland Conference and nationally every season. Now in his second season at Washington State, the Texas native is looking for similar results.
"Our goal is to make Washington State competitive in the Pac-10. We want to play well this year and we want to be somebody that is not just a second thought and somebody that can compete year in and year out," Williams said.
Though his experience as Cougar head coach consists of only 34 combined men's and women's events, he has guided a nearly complete re-write of the Washington State golf record book. In his first season, he helped Jeremy Champoux earn All Pac-10 honors In addition to improving on the course, Williams is looking to build a program centered on strong student-athletes.
"We have a lot of kids who are strong academically and I want to recruit very strong academic student-athletes," Williams said. "In golf, we miss a lot of school, so these kids have to be very sharp to stay on top of all that. We are improving Washington State competitively on the golf course and we also want to improve them academically."
Williams was an all-conference golfer at McMurry University in Abilene, Tex., in 1982. The McMurry men's teams won the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles in 1981 and 1982. In May of 1991, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Sam Houston State University.
Prior to taking over the controls as head coach at WSU, Williams served as head men and women's golf coach at Sam Houston State from 1994-1998. In his final season with the Bearkats, the men's team was ranked 42nd in the nation and captured two tournament victories. Williams guided two SHSU golfers to the NCAA Regionals and eight Bearkats were selected to the All-Southland Conference team during his tenure. He also began the school's women's program in his final season with five freshmen, winning three tournaments in their inaugural season.
A knowledgeable golf instructor, Williams also has experience as a teaching professional. From 1985 to 1987, he served as the assistant golf professional at Waterwood National Resort and Country Club in Huntsville, Tex., before becoming the head golf pro and general manager at the Oak Ridge Country Club in Madisonville, Tex.
Williams has been married to his wife Carole for 16 years. They have eight children, Laurel (15), Chili (13), Dillon (11), Gil (8), Faith (6), Keilah (4), Becca (2), and newborn Grace.