Cal's Walter Chun Named a Finalist For Strickland Award
May 23, 2008
BERKELEY - Walter Chun, Cal's fourth-year assistant men's golf coach, has been named a finalist for the 2008 Jan Strickland Award, an honor presented annually to the nation's top assistant coach in men's golf by TaylorMade-adidas Golf. The award is given to the NCAA Division I, II, III or NAIA coach who, among other things, has excelled in working with his student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom.
'Walter has been a part of this program for 10 or 11 years, as a player, as a volunteer assistant and now for the last four years as our full-time assistant coach,' head coach Steve Desimone said. 'He knows the school, the department and the program and most importantly, he knows me and we have a great relationship. He has been a tremendous asset in every area of the program from recruiting to fundraising to instruction. He is a very deserving candidate for this honor. I am sure it's a tough selection between the nine finalists; but if I was making the decision, he'd be the winner, no doubt about that.'
During Chun's four years as an assistant coach, Cal has advanced to a pair of NCAA West Regionals while also posting a third-place finish at this year's Pac-10 Championships - the Golden Bears' best finish since 2000 in the event. Cal golfers have also collected multiple academic honors on that time, including former golfer Michael Wilson twice being named an All-America Scholar. Chun was also an administrative assistant for Cal's 2003-04 team, which registered the first NCAA Championship in Bear men's golf history.
Chun was a two-time team captain for the Bears and competed in three NCAA West Regional Championships (2000-02), as well as the 2000 NCAA National Championship. In addition to his success on the golf course, Chun was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection and a two-time All-America Scholar for the Bears. He earned his bachelor's degree from the Walter A. Haas School of Business in 2001 and followed that with a master's degree from Cal's Graduate School of Education in 2003.
In addition to Chun, there are eight other finalists: Alan Bratton of Oklahoma State, South Carolina's Michael Burcin, Mississippi's Jonathan Dismuke, Casey Lubahn of Michigan State, Texas Tech's Marty McCauley, Christian Newton of Georgia Tech, Charlotte's Adam Pry and Bryce Wallor of Tennessee.
The Strickland Award recipient will have the opportunity to further his professional development by being a guest of TaylorMade-adidas golf at the PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit as well as an invitation to the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Kingdom in Carlsbad, Calif. TaylorMade-adidas has sponsored the Strickland Award since its inception in 2003.