ASU Announces Matt Thurmond as New Sun Devils Men’s Golf Coach
Arizona State University has named Matt Thurmond as the 14th head coach for the men’s Sun Devil golf program. Thurmond comes from Pac-12 rival, University of Washington, where he began his coaching career as an assistant before taking over the head-coaching duties in 2001 as a ripe-and-ready 26-year-old.
Thurmond’s resume at Washington, which speaks for itself, should leave Sun Devil fans breathing a collective sigh of relief after the recent departure of former head coach and household name, Tim Mickelson. During the last 15 years, Thurmond led the Huskies to 12 NCAA championship appearances and three conference titles in 2005, 2009 and 2010. He was named the 2009 Golfweek National Coach of the Year and two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year in 2005 and again in 2009.
Thurmond, an impressive recruiter, not only brings steadfast success to an already stellar ASU golf program, but should be able to draw some of the nation’s best talent to Tempe. Over the last six years, he has coached three No. 1-ranked world amateurs. In 2010, NCAA Championship runner-up, Nick Taylor, won the McCormack Award and the Ben Hogan Award, as did Chris Williams in 2012.
Please join all of us at ASU Karsten in welcoming Coach Thurmond.