Fresno State's only women's golf head coach Angie Cates-Moore steps down after nine seasons
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Last updated: Jan. 17, 2013
In her ninth season as the head coach of the Fresno State women's golf team, Angie Cates-Moore has established a standard of excellence both on and off the course. Cates-Moore has led her team to a WAC Championship, 39 top-five finishes, including placing first on seven occasions, and was twice named WAC Coach of the Year. In the classroom, the program has produced 25 Academic All-WAC honors, 12 of which came in the past two seasons, and 17 All-American Scholars.
Coach Cates-Moore has been with the program since its start in 2004 and has taken it to new heights in the short amount of time. The program drew attention during the 2007-08 season by winning the WAC Championship and advancing to the NCAA West Regional.
Last season, Cates-Moore guided the squad to a third place finish at the WAC Championship. She also coached Freshmen Madchen Ly to a first team All-WAC selection as well as Louisa Lies and Christine Uhalde to a second-team All-WAC selection. With the addition of these selections, the Bulldogs have earned 14 All-WAC honors.
Cates-Moore saw her team steadily improve over the 2009-10 season which was highlighted by senior Hali Coppin claiming the WAC individual title along with being named to the All-WAC first-team. Under Cates-Moore, the 2008-09 squad placed third at the WAC Championship for their third top-three finish in five seasons.
During the team's historic season in 2007-08, Cates-Moore guided her team to its first NCAA West Regional bid where they finished in 18th place at Lincoln Hills Golf Clubin Northern California. Laura Luethke was named first-team All-WAC for the fourth consecutive year as well as the WAC Player of the Year. She also took home the individual title at the WAC Championship and Cates-Moore earned her second WAC Coach of the Year honor.
Coach Cates-Moore has led her teams to seven tournament titles, two of which were won at their annual Fresno State Lexus Classic in just three years after its inception.
Cates-Moore has proven her coaching abilities with her freshmen recruits continuing to make a big impact on her teams. For the 2005-06 season, her recruits added a huge boost to the program and helped rank Fresno State in the Top 25 for freshman class impact. Cates-Moore led 10 of her 12 players to earn a 3.0 GPA or better and were recognized at the Kiwanis Torch of Excellence. In 2012, Madchen Ly was named conference Freshman of the Year.
During Fresno State's inaugural 2004-05 season, Cates-Moore wasted no time striving for excellence as the women's golf team captured seven top-five finishes which include placing fourth at the WAC Championship. In addition to leading her team to two tournament titles, Cates-Moore was named the 2005 WAC Coach of the Year.
Under her watch, the Bulldogs were on the cusp of an NCAA berth as a first-year program. Cates-Moore coached then-freshman Laura Luethke to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Western Regional as well as three individual tournament titles. Her team again excelled in the classroom, as seven of her golfers were named Fresno State Scholar-Athletes and four earned WAC Scholar-Athletes honors.
Before joining the Bulldogs, Cates-Moore served as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's golf teams at Oregon State. While at Oregon State, she helped both the men's and women's teams advance to the 2003 NCAA Regional Championships. She served as the tournament director for the 2003 Women's and the 2002 Men's Pac-10 Championship tournaments. She coordinated team practices, recruiting and travel in addition to directing the academic programs, camps and clinics for both teams. Cates-Moore also assisted with scheduling and budget development and organized fundraising projects.
A native of Dallas, Cates-Moore played at Washington State where she was a stellar student-athlete, earning All-American Scholar-Athlete honors three times. She represented the Pac-12 on an All-Star team that toured Asia and was named a team captain for the Cougars as a senior. An accomplished player, Cates-Moore won the Seattle City Amateur and Washington State Amateur Championships. Subsequently, she was granted a sponsor's exemption to play in the LPGA Safeco Classic in Seattle that same year. She played professionally from 2000-03 on the Challenge and Future Tours, claiming second place in the Telluride Classic.
Following graduation, Cates-Moore worked for three years at The Golf Channel as an associate producer. She conducted interviews with players from the PGA, LPGA, Nationwide and Championship Tours, in addition to producing features and working on live-television golf broadcasts.
Cates-Moore earned a bachelor's degree in communication with an emphasis in broadcast news from Washington State's Edward R. Murrow School of Communication in 1998.
She is married to Travis Moore, the head golf professional at San Joaquin Country Club, and they have a daughter, Addison.