July 20, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. - Walt Williams has been hired as the head men's and women's golf coach at Washington State University, Senior Associate Athletic Director Marcia Saneholtz announced Monday.
Williams has been the head men's and women's golf coach at Sam Houston State University since 1994. The Bearkats' men's golf team was ranked 42nd nationally last spring and placed second in the Southland Conference. Several individual Bearkats golfers advanced to the NCAA regional tournaments the past two seasons. Williams also began the SHSU women's golf program last year with five freshmen on the 1997-98 squad that won three tournaments in their debut season.
Williams was an all-conference golfer at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, in 1982. The McMurry men's teams won the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles in 1981 and 1982. He went on to become the assistant golf professional at the Waterwood National Resort and Country Club in Huntsville, Tex., from 1985-87. From 1987-90, Williams served as the head golf pro and general manager at the Oak Ridge Country Club in Madisonville, Tex.
While completing his bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics at Sam Houston State (1991), Williams was the sports editor and photographer at the Madisonville Meteor from 1990-94 and an assistant lecturer in agricultural marketing at SHSU.
Williams replaces Dan Koesters who returned to his alma mater, New Mexico State, as the head golf pro last March. Melissa Arthur, who served as the interim head golf coach for the Cougars, will remain on staff as the assistant coach.