Walter Chun Named Bears' Associate Head Coach
Sept. 3, 2009
BERKELEY - California's Walter Chun has been named the Associate Head Coach for the Golden Bears' men's golf program in an announcement from Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour, Deputy Director Teresa Kuehn Gould and Head Coach Steve Desimone.
'I am honored to be named Associate Head Coach and very thankful to Sandy, Teresa and Coach Desimone for their belief and unwavering support over the years,' Chun said.
Chun assumes the new title after five years as the assistant under Coach Desimone, for whom he also played as a student-athlete.
'Walter and I have been together as both a player and a coach for nearly 12 years. He is a true class act and has demonstrated excellence in all of his endeavors here at Berkeley,' Desimone said.
'Promoting Walter to the position of Associate Head Coach is the next logical step in his career. As I look forward to the future of Cal Golf, there is no question that the prominent role that Walter plays in this program will only grow and will be to the benefit of the student-athletes in our program. He is a great asset to Cal Golf and we are fortunate to have him as part of our team.'
Chun was named the 2008 Jan Strickland Award winner as the nation's top Assistant Coach following the 2007-08 seasons. In June of 2009 he represented his country as the Assistant Coach for Team USA against Europe in the Palmer Cup, named for golfing great Arnold Palmer and considered the collegiate version of the Ryder Cup, which pits the top-eight American collegiate golfers against their European collegiate counterparts.
Prior to his role as Assistant Coach, Chun was the Bears' Administrative Assistant for the 2003-04 campaign, helping Cal to the 2004 NCAA title.
As a student-athlete from 1997-2002, Chun was a two-time team Cal captain who competed in three NCAA Western Regionals (2000-02) and the 2000 NCAA Championship. He also qualified for two U.S. Amateur Championships - 1999 at Pebble Beach and 2002 at Oakland Hills Country Club.
Chun received his bachelor's degree from the Walter A. Haas School of Business in 2001 and earned his master's from Cal's Graduate School of Education in 2003. In addition to his success on the course, Chun was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection (2000-2002) and two-time All-America Scholar (2001, 2002) for the Bears.
'To think that I have evolved from a player almost decade ago to Associate Head Coach has been a journey that I could have never imagined,' Chun said. 'I would also like to thank the Cal Golf Committee for all their amazing efforts to give not only myself but countless other student-athletes the opportunity to be a part of Cal Golf. The only thing left to say is Go Bears.'
The fall portion of the 2009-10 season for Cal men's golf continues Sept. 19 at the Spartan Golf Classic, hosted by Michigan State.