Kamimura Hired as Cougar Women's Golf Coach
July 14, 2009
PULLMAN - Washington State University has hired Kelli Kamimura as its women's golf head coach, Director of Athletics Jim Sterk announced today.
A native of Burlington, Wash. (Sedro Woolley HS), Kamimura most recently served at Pepperdine University as the associate women's golf coach. She was promoted in August 2007 after beginning her tenure with the Wave in January 2004 as assistant coach.
'I am pleased to welcome Kelli Kamimura to Washington State University,' Sterk said. 'Kelli's passion and knowledge of the game, her vast experience as a player and coach, and her ties to the Northwest will be a great fit for WSU and the women's golf program.'
'I am really excited to be at WSU and back in the Northwest,' Kamimura said. 'I am thrilled to be a part of Cougar Athletics, and to have the opportunity to work in an area with such a sense of community is a great benefit to the golf program.'
While at Pepperdine, Kamimura helped lead the Wave to six consecutive West Coast Conference Championships (2004-09) and four top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a third-place finish in 2006. Kamimura's 2008 squad set an NCAA record for lowest three-round team score, shooting 41-under-par at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.
Prior to joining Pepperdine's staff, Kamimura served as the assistant women's golf coach at her alma mater, the University of Washington, from August 2002 through December 2003.
A four-year letterwinner and a two-year team captain during her collegiate career, Kamimura was a National Golf Coaches Association All-America Second Team selection as a junior in 2001 and was named honorable mention as a freshman in 1999. She received All-Pacific-10 Conference recognition all four years, garnering first-team honors in both 1999 and 2001. She was also a three-time honoree on the Pac-10 All-Academic Team (2000-02).
Kamimura led the Huskies to five tournament victories and two NCAA Championship berths, and still holds the school's record for most individual tournament victories (four). She was also selected to represent the United States in the 1999 and 2002 US-Japan Cup Matches.
During her high school career, Kamimura captured the state championship four times and led Sedro Woolley to the team title in 1997 with her sister Jenny Swanson. She won two state titles as a competitor in the Washington Junior Golf Association, was a multiple first-team American Junior Golf Association All-America honoree and a was member of the Canon Cup team.
'I want to thank (Senior Associate Athletic Director) Bob Minnix and the search committee for a tremendous job during the search process,' Sterk said. 'I also want to thank Walt Williams for his leadership of the women's program during the past 11 years and I look forward to what Kelli and Walt will accomplish in the future with the women's and men's programs, respectively.'
Kamimura inherits the women's program from Walt Williams, who served as head coach of both the men's and women's program for the past 11 years. Williams begins his 12th season as men's golf head coach in 2009-10.
Kamimura graduated from Washington in 2003 with a bachelor's in communication, and completed her master's in business administration from Pepperdine in 2008.