Ryan Ressa Hired as Men's Golf Assistant Coach

July 6, 2009

Ryan Ressa, who served the last two seasons as Duke's Assistant Men's Golf Coach, has been hired as Assistant Coach at UCLA, Head Coach Derek Freeman announced Monday. Ressa arrives at UCLA with six years of experience coaching in three different conferences.

'We're extremely excited to have Ryan Ressa join our staff at UCLA,' said Freeman. 'He has been an instrumental part of the success at each program he has served. Ryan understands the importance of every aspect of the UCLA program.'

In May Ressa, 29, helped lead the Blue Devils to an NCAA Tournament berth, where they finished 14th. In 2008-09 Duke won a pair of tournaments and placed among the Top 10 in seven others.

Two years ago, in his first season, Ressa helped guide Duke to seven Top 5 finishes and victories at the Coca-Cola Duke Golf Classic and the River Landing Intercollegiate. He also coached Blue Devils individuals to nine Top 10 results in three 'B' tournaments.

Prior to his stint at Duke, Ressa served two seasons as an assistant at the University of San Diego under Tim Mickelson. For the 2006-07 season, Ressa helped guide the Toreros to seven Top 5 finishes, including a second place result at the West Coast Conference Championship.

In his first season at USD, the Toreros recorded four Top 5 finishes and earned a berth in the 2006 NCAA West Regional Championship.

A former Pac-10 golfer at Washington State, Ressa served also served as an assistant coach at WSU for two seasons. As a player, Ressa recorded four Top 25 finishes during the 2002-03 season, including an eighth place result at the U.S. Intercollegiate. Prior to transferring to Washington State, Ressa won the 2002 California Junior College State Championship while playing for College of the Desert. He was also named the Foothill Conference MVP, earned all-state honors and was a member of the Dean's List in 2002.

A 2003 graduate of Washington State, Ressa earned his degree in Sociology and began working as the Cougars' assistant coach immediately after his graduation.

A 1998 graduate of Pullman High School, Ressa earned four varsity letters in golf and two in basketball during his prep years. He also won the Great Northern District Championship and was named team MVP before placing fifth at the 2A (Washington) State Championship as a senior.

Ressa replaces Daniel Hour who served two seasons as Director of Operations and Brandon Christianson, who was the Bruins' undergraduate assistant coach last season.

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