Thirty-year-old Tom McCurdy begins his third season as a Cougar assistant after joining the staff in March 1998. In addition to his duties as assistant coach, the Tekoa, Wash. native is the head professional at the WSU Golf Course. McCurdy is currently in the PGA Apprentice program and spends much of his time giving lessons. He oversees all private instruction at the course and teaches classes for the university.
Following his senior year of high school, Tom toured Europe with a Pacific Northwest All-Star baseball team. He began his collegiate baseball as a starting pitcher career for Eastern Washington University of the Northern Division of the Pacific 10 Conference. Tom also played golf for the Eagles where he carded one individual victory and was the team captain during his senior year. He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1994 with a B.A. in Education.
McCurdy left the Inland Empire after graduation to work as an assistant golf pro at the La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, Calif. McCurdy has also served as the teaching professional at the Sandpines Golf Resort in Florence, Ore., where he was instrumental in the development of the Sandpines Junior Golf Program. McCurdy was also the technical advisor and swing coach for the Siuslaw High School Boy's Golf Team, which won two consecutive state championships under his tutelage.
The Tekoa-Oakesdale High School graduate returned to Eastern Washington when he became a teaching professional at Downriver Golf Course in Spokane. McCurdy also was an instructor for the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department and Spokane Youth Sports Association during that time. His collegiate coaching career began at his alma mater, Eastern Washington University, where he was an assistant from 1997 to 1998. The Eagles flourished under his leadership and had their best season in program history in 1998.