Angie Cates Takes Head Coaching Position At Fresno State

Dec. 1, 2003


Angie Cates, who has been the assistant coach for the men's and women's golf programs at Oregon State for the last three years, has been named head coach for the Fresno State women's golf team.

Cates will begin her duties with the newly-formed women's golf program within a month. In April, Fresno State announced that women's golf would be added as a varsity sport, beginning play in the 2004-05 season.

'This is an incredible opportunity,' Cates said. 'I'm excited to build a women's golf program at Fresno State.'

'Angie leaving Oregon State is definitely our loss, but I'm happy for her,' OSU men's golf coach Brian Watts said. 'She will be a great head coach, and Fresno State will soon learn that they are very fortunate to get a person of her integrity, knowledge, skills, and especially her good attitude.'

Cates helped OSU's men's and women's teams advance to the NCAA West Regional Championships in 2003 while working with Watts and women's head coach Rise Lakowske.

In addition to her duties as an assistant, Cates served as the tournament director for the 2003 Women's Pac-10 Championships and the 2002 Men's Pac-10 Championships.

Cates was a three-time All-America Scholar Athlete while competing for Washington State, where she was a team captain as a senior in 1998.

Cates also competed on the Pacific-10 Conference all-star team that toured Asia that year.Following graduation, Cates worked as an associate producer for the Golf Channel for three years.

Cates' playing career included wins in the Seattle City Amateur and Washington State Amateur Championships, earning her a sponsor's exemption to play in the LPGA Safeco Classic.

In 2000, she played professionally on the Futures and Challenge Tours, finishing second at the Telluride Classic.

'We're happy for her, with her experience at the professional level and her 2 � years at OSU, she's well-prepared for a head coaching position,' Lakowske said. 'This is what we encourage all our assistants to do.'

Cates earned a bachelor's degree in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcast News from WSU's Edward R. Murrow School of Communication.

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