Steve Desimone Named Golfweek's 2003-04 College Coach of the Year

June 23, 2004

BERKELEY, CA - University of California men's golf coach Steve Desimone, who led the Golden Bears to the 2004 NCAA golf title June 4 at The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va., has been named Golfweek's 2003-04 College Coach of the Year.

Desimone, a 1970 Cal graduate, first became the coach of the Cal men's golf club team in 1980. Through fundraising efforts, he was able to return the Bears' program to varsity status in 1982. From there, Desimone guided Cal to its first NCAA finals appearance in 1995, where the Bears placed sixth, and to subsequent NCAA championship berths in 1998, '99 and 2000.

At this year's NCAA tournament, Desimone's squad overcame an eight-shot deficit the last day to defeat UCLA by six strokes for the national crown - the Bears' first NCAA title in men's golf.

'It is a thrill to be named as (Golfweek) coach of the year,' said Desimone, who has coached seven All-America golfers at Cal. 'It's a wonderful honor, a great honor. But the credit goes to the guys on the team. This is a very talented team and a veteran team that really didn't get their due throughout much of the season. This award is as much theirs as it is mine.'

In other Cal men's golf news, the Bears have been selected to play in this fall's 16th Golfweek/Ping Preview at Cave's Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., Sept. 26-27. Cave's Valley Golf Club will also serve as the host site for the 2005 NCAA Division I Men's Championship.

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