June 3, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh announced Monday that Bulldog women's golf coach Angie Cates-Moore will be stepping down from her position with the program.
Cates-Moore, who is the only head coach in the history of the program since Fresno State's inaugural 2004-05 season, cited her desire to spend more time with her family as her reason for stepping down as head coach of the Bulldogs. Her resignation will become effective on Aug. 1.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my coaching career and will miss being affiliated with Fresno State. It was an honor to originate the women's golf program over nine years ago and I have been blessed with many incredible student-athletes that brought pride and success to our program," said Cates-Moore, who was the 2005 and 2008 WAC Coach of the Year. "We were also very fortunate to be surrounded with a wonderful support staff and a community that was so generous with their support and time. While I will sincerely miss coaching, I look forward to more time at home to be with my husband and raise our young daughter."
In her time with the Bulldogs, Cates-Moore led Fresno State to the 2008 WAC Championship and a NCAA West Regional appearance, 17 All-American Scholars along with two WAC individual champions.
"Having the opportunity to mentor our student-athletes while they grow and mature on and off the course will be something I'll always cherish," Cates-Moore added.
Her student-athletes excelled off the golf course as well, as she produced 25 Academic All-WAC honorees. Although the Spring Mountain West Academic All-Conference team has not yet been released, the Bulldogs finished with a 3.67 GPA as a team.
"Throughout her nine-year tenure, Angie has been a terrific coach and representative of Fresno State Athletics. After successfully initiating our women's golf program, she led the team to its first championship while mentoring her student-athletes with integrity and the highest of ideals," Boeh said. "Our golf program and the athletics department will continue to benefit from Angie's many contributions for years to come. Angie has been a valued colleague, a wonderful friend to many, and she will be greatly missed."
Her squads won eight tournaments, including the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate this past season with the lowest team score in tournament history, and had 41 top-five finishes in her tenure.
Madchen Ly, who was the 2012 WAC Freshman of the Year, was a second-team All-Mountain West honoree this past season for the Bulldogs. Cates Moore's student-athletes also earned 14 All-WAC honors before the school joined the Mountain West on July 1, 2012.
Laura Luethke placed sixth at the 2005 NCAA West Regional and was the 2008 WAC Player of the Year under Cates-Moore's watch.
Boeh said that a national search will begin immediately to find her successor.
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