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Walter Chun
Position: Associate Head Coach
Alma Mater: ALMA MATER (YEAR)=>CAL (2001)
Experience: 11 Years

A former Cal golf standout, Walter Chun is in his 10th season on the Golden Bears’ coaching staff in 2013-14 and his fifth as associate head coach, with the Bears making the NCAA Championship in each of his first four campaigns in his current role after a previous five-year absence. Chun was promoted to the position he now holds in September 2009 after five seasons as an assistant coach. He was also as an administrative assistant when Cal won the NCAA title in 2003-04.

“Walter and I are in this together,” head coach Steve Desimone said. “We talk constantly about what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. We’re always looking to find ways to improve and be a better team. He’s been a tremendous asset, ally and friend. I could never say enough good things about Walter.”

Cal set a modern-era NCAA win record in 2012-13 with 12 victories in its 14 stroke-play tournaments, eclipsing the record previously held by the 1985-86 Oklahoma State team. The Golden Bears have won 21 of 31 stroke-play events from the 2011-12 season through the fall of 2013 and finished in the top five in all 31, as well as four match-play events during the period. Despite falling in the NCAA match-play semifinals to Illinois after a quarterfinal win against Arizona State, Cal remained No. 1 in all three final national polls with both the Golfweek and Golfstat rankings released following the NCAA Championship and the Golf World/Nike Golf poll prior to the NCAA Championship. Cal was in the top spot for nearly the entire 2012-13 season.

The Bears had several firsts in 2011-12, including an NCAA match-play victory over San Diego State in the quarterfinals, a trip to match play at the NCAA Championship, NCAA Regional and Pac-12 titles, a then-school-record six victories, and top-five finishes in all 12 stroke-play events and 15 tournaments overall.

Chun has played a huge role in the team’s recent run of success through his recruiting and player development capabilities. Among a long list of players he has helped recruit who have turned into top-notch golfers are Brandon Hagy (All-America Scholar, Haskins Award Watch List), Stephen Hale (All-America Scholar, All-Pac-10), Max Homa (First-Team All-American, NCAA Champion, Pac-12 Champion, U.S. Open, Walker Cup), Michael Kim (First-Team All-American, Palmer Cup, Unanimous National Player of the Year, U.S. Open, Walker Cup), Eric Mina (All-American, 2010 Pac-10 Champion), Joël Stalter (All-America Scholar, Second-Team All-American) and Michael Weaver (All-America Scholar, First-Team All-American, Masters, Palmer Cup, Walker Cup). He also recruited Byeong-Hun An after he became the youngest champion in the history of the U.S. Amateur at age 17 in 2009.

Chun has been recognized nationally for his coaching exploits. He was honored with the Jan Strickland Award as the nation’s top assistant coach for his work during the 2007-08 season. In June of 2009, he served as a Team USA assistant coach for the Palmer Cup.

Chun is in his 17th season associated with the Cal men’s golf program since he began his playing career for the Bears in 1997. He was a two-time team captain while competing on three occasions at the NCAA West Regional (2000-02) and once at the NCAA Championship (2000). Chun has also qualified for two U.S. Amateur Championships, the first in 1999 at Pebble Beach and the second in 2002 at Oakland Hills Country Club.

Chun received his bachelor’s degree from Cal’s Haas School of Business in 2001, and his master’s from Cal’s Graduate School of Education in 2003. He was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection (2000, 2001, 2002) and a two-time All-America Scholar (2001, 2002).
He and his wife, Grace, live in Hayward along with their son, William.

LAST UPDATED: May 1, 2014

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