June 27, 2013
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. --- Fresno State Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh announced Thursday afternoon that former Bulldog Chad Spencer has been hired as the program's head men's golf coach.
Spencer succeeds his former coach, Mike Watney, who retired after 35 years and a Hall of Fame career.
"We are very pleased and proud to welcome Chad Spencer back to Fresno State to lead our men's golf program," Boeh said. "Chad's combination of competitive expertise, infectious enthusiasm, commitment to academic achievement and a thorough familiarity with the San Joaquin Valley golf community make him an exceptional fit to lead the Bulldogs."
Spencer rejoins his alma mater after three years as the head coach of the Nevada women's golf program, where he led the Wolf Pack to a fourth-place finish at the 2013 Mountain West Championship.
"I want to thank Thomas Boeh and the Fresno State Athletics Department for this wonderful opportunity," Spencer said. "Fresno State holds a special place in my heart. I look forward to continuing the mission and excellence that Coach Watney established during his Hall of Fame career."
During his tenure as Nevada's head coach, Spencer coached 12 academic all-conference selections, two all-conference honorees and two NCGA All-American Scholars
In 2010-11, Spencer guided the Wolf Pack squad to a strong campaign, highlighted by a pair of individual victories by Lauren Hernandez, first at the Circling Raven Invitational hosted by Gonzaga in the fall and then at the Red Rocks Invitational hosted by Northern Arizona in the spring.
Prior to his promotion to head coach for the 2010-11 season, Spencer spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for the Wolf Pack men's and women's golf programs. In those two seasons, the Nevada men's golf program turned in 11 top five finishes, including a pair of wins, sent an individual to the NCAA West Regionals each year and earned six individual all-conference selections. The Wolf Pack women's program finished in the top five seven times and saw two players earn all-conference honors in those two years.
Before his time in Reno, Spencer taught for three years as an instructor and club fitter at River Park Golf Center in Fresno, Calif., and competed professionally in 2006 and 2007 on the Canadian Tour. In 2006, he finished 39th on Order of Merit on the Canadian Tour and was ranked in the Official World Golf Rankings.
A 2005 graduate of Fresno State with a bachelor's degree in communications, Spencer was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs, earning first-team all-conference honors in 2004 and a second-team selection in 2003. Spencer also garnered All-Southwest Region accolades after turning in nine top 20 finishes in 12 events his senior year. A team captain in 2003-04, he was also active in the Big Heroes Little Heroes program and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes while at Fresno State.
"Chad is a great choice as Fresno State's next head men's golf coach," Watney said. "He is one of my all-time favorite players. Besides being a great player, he has one of the most engaging personalities I have ever come across. The Valley will love him, as well as the Fresno State community. I retire confident that the current players and the future recruits are in good hands."
After finishing his collegiate playing career, he served as an assistant coach at Fresno State during the 2004-05 season.
A member of the United States Golf Association, Spencer graduated from Rocklin (Calif.) High School in 2000.
Spencer and his wife, the former Tiffany Veerkamp, who also played golf for Fresno State, have a daughter, Ellie.
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