Michael Wilson Named As Long Beach State Men's Golf Coach
Wilson will be the 11th head coach of the program following three years as an assistant coach at Washington.
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State Athletics Director Andy Fee has hired Michael Wilson as the 11th head coach of the Long Beach State Men's Golf program.
Wilson comes to the Beach after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Washington.
"Long Beach State and our Men's Golf program will be energized by the appointment of Michael Wilson," said Fee. "He is highly accomplished and a truly exceptional coach and leader. We look forward to him building a championship program at the Beach."
While at Washington, Wilson helped the Huskies improve their finish at the Pac-12 Championships in each of his three seasons, most recently tying for third place in 2016-17 as Wilson managed the team while head coach Alan Murray was home for the birth of his child.
In each of his three seasons, Wilson helped Washington reach the NCAA Regionals, and the Huskies made an NCAA Championship appearance in 2015, finishing tied for 15th while Cheng-Tsung Pan finished as the individual runner-up.
"My family and I are so excited to join the Long Beach State community," said Wilson. "When I think of the program here, I see nothing but a bright future ahead. Long Beach State Men's Golf has everything it needs to win and achieve at a high level. The people, geography and resources here make us uniquely positioned to build a golf program that will be a national contender.
"While the story today is about me, this will always be about the players. Their effort, dedication to excellence and achievement will be what define this program. I am excited to work alongside them, empower them and provide them with everything they need to achieve greatness in the classroom and on the course."
Wilson entered coaching following three seasons on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour. He first worked as an assistant golf professional and lead instructor at Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, Calif., and then made the move into collegiate coaching at Washington.
His pro career came on the heels of a tremendous collegiate career at California. A top golfer with the Golden Bears, Wilson was the 2003 Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year, and played a big role in Cal's 2004 NCAA National Championship. During his time at California, Wilson was the individual winner of three tournaments, a school record.
Men's Golf is one of five sports in which Long Beach State has participated without a break since the founding of the university. The team has made 12 NCAA Appearances and has had five former players compete on the PGA Tour.
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