Husky Assistant Takes Over as Head Coach at Rival WSU

The assistant coach for the University of Washington's men's golf team, Garrett Clegg, is leaving Seattle to take over as the head coach at Washington State. Clegg spent four seasons at Washington and will now work for the Huskies' cross-state rival.

"During Garrett's four seasons we won two Pac-10 Championships, had three top sevene NCAA Championship finishes, and had remarkable individual performances," Husky Coach Matt Thurmond said. "He was an integral part of all of that and we are grateful for all that he contributed to helping us be a great program on and off the course."

As an assistant under Thurmond, Clegg helped mentor five All-Americans - Nick Taylor,Darren Wallace, Richard Lee, Chris Williams and Charlie Hughes. Washington also won back-to-back conference titles in 2009 and 2010 - a first in Husky history.

"I really enjoyed my time here at UW," said Clegg, a 2004 graduate of the University of Utah. "I want to thank Coach Thurmond for giving me the opportunity to coach here. He runs a spectacular golf program and has been an amazing mentor to me.

"I am excited to lead Cougar Golf and take what I have learned to the other side of the state. The UW Men's Golf program is in great hands and will continue to succeed in the future."

Clegg was involved in all areas of the UW program including coaching, recruiting, fund-raising and tournament operations with a special emphasis on administrative duties. He was recognized for his excellence as an assistant in both 2010 and 2011, being named one of five finalists for the Jan Strickland Award for the nation's top assistant golf coach at the collegiate level.

Clegg, a native of Bountiful, Utah, is a former professional and collegiate golfer who was a member of the 2002 NCAA champion University of Minnesota squad. Clegg also competed at Utah.

Clegg is the second former Washington assistant under Thurmond to move up the coaching ranks in the Pac-12 Conference. Oregon State head coach Jon Reehoorn served under Thurmond prior to Clegg.

"It's the dream of most every assistant coach to get a great head coaching position at some point," said Thurmond. "I'm really excited for Garrett.It is Garrett's time and he is ready for it. He will do very well at WSU. They are getting and outstanding coach and person. I will really miss him personally and professionally as he's been a great friend and colleague.

"And yes," Thurmond added about his new rival, "we can still be friends and plan to be."

The above report is courtesy of the University of Washington.