Anne Walker Named Head Coach at UC Davis
May 14, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - Anne Walker, who has been associated with California women's golf for 10 years as a player, assistant coach and associate head coach, has been named UC Davis' head women's golf coach. Walker will assume her new role July 1. She takes over for Kathy DeYoung, who announced her retirement in February.
'Anne has been instrumental in the rise of Cal women's golf on the national scene over the last 10 years,' said Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel. 'From the moment Anne arrived on campus as a student-athlete in 1998, our program has consistently been a national contender. She has helped assure that Cal will always exemplify the highest standards on the course and in the classroom. UC Davis has made a great hire in Anne, as she has all of the tools to be a very successful Division I head coach. We will miss her greatly and thank her for all she has meant to the Golden Bears over the last decade.'
Walker continued to personify the Golden Bear spirit in her sixth season on the coaching staff (2002-08) and first as an associate head coach for her alma mater's women's golf team. During her time at Cal, she helped shape the Bears into a consistent national championship contender.
Prior to Walker's first year of competition in 1998-99, the Bears' team scoring average was 319.8. During her freshman season, the team made the program's biggest scoring improvement to 310.7 and won its first major tournament - the BYU Invitational - behind Walker's first-place finish. This year's team finished with a 300.2 average and advanced to its ninth straight NCAA regional.
'I'm thrilled to be given the opportunity,' Walker said 'Kathy has built a strong foundation for the program to be successful, and I look forward to continuing those efforts.'
UC Davis began its varsity program in 2005 and is in its third year of competition.
'I was part of building a program at Cal,' Walker said. 'We were in a similar situation, and we went to the top five in the country. I hope for similar success here. I'd like to build a program around character. I want to build a program that is recognized both on campus and in the community.'
Cal improved each year during Walker's playing career, highlighted by three regional and two NCAA Championships invitations, and continued to do so with her on the coaching staff.
In Walker's inaugural season as an assistant coach in 2002-03, Cal won a nation's-best seven tournament titles, earned an all-time best national ranking of No. 2 by Golfstat late in the year and tied for 14th at the NCAA Championships. In 2003-04, the Bears posted a school-best finish of fourth at NCAAs and set a Cal season stroke-average record of 298.1. Cal placed fifth at nationals the following two seasons, joining Duke as the only schools with three straight top-five NCAA Championships finishes from 2004-06.
Walker became Cal women's golf's first All-Pac-10 honoree after her freshman and sophomore seasons and received second-team recognition as a senior. She also was a three-time first-team Pac-10 All-Academic choice and an Academic All-District VIII pick as a senior. Her career culminated by being awarded the Pac-10 Medal of Honor as the Bears' top graduating female student-athlete.
Leadership was one of Walker's strong points as a player and has become even more prevalent as a coach. She is Cal's only three-time captain and was the team's only member of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee.
Walker has distinguished herself as one of only three Cal athletes to win two tournaments, grabbing top honors at the 1998 BYU Invitational and the 2002 Bay Area Classic.
In January of 1998, Walker came to Berkeley from Lanarkshire, Scotland, and has represented her country's national team on numerous occasions.
The three-time National Golf Coaches Association Academic All-American earned her bachelor's degree with honors from Cal in geography in May of 2002.
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