June 12, 2014
HOUSTON - Former University of Houston Men's Golf Associate Head Coach Chris Hill will leave the program and become the next head coach for the University of Pacific Men's Golf program.
Hill was hired by Dismuke in 2010 as the program's assistant coach, and he was promoted to associate head coach in 2012. The two worked together to bring the Cougars back into national prominence during the 2013-14 campaign.
During his four years at Houston, Hill helped lead the Cougars to eight team championships, including the 2013 Conference USA crown, five individual titles, 20 top-3 team finishes and 70 top-10 individual showings.
"While we are sad to see Chris, Alyssa and Graham leave Houston, we are thrilled to see him lead his own program. Chris has been invaluable as an adviser and good friend to me personally and as a mentor and assistant coach for the young men that have come through our program during the last four years," Houston Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke said. "He has played a key role in the resurgence of Houston Men's Golf, on and off the course, in recent years and is ready to take this next step in his career. We look forward to a bright future for Pacific Men's Golf with Chris as its leader."
Dismuke said his search for an assistant coach would begin immediately.
In 2013-14, Houston was ranked among the top-10 national leaders in the Golfweek/Sagarin, Golfstat and Golf World/Nike Coaches polls for most for of the season, finishing at No. 9 in the Golfstat poll.
Robledo was ranked among the nation's top-10 collegiate players earlier this season, and senior James Ross was selected to compete for Team Europe during the Palmer Cup later this month.
Off the course, the Cougars enjoyed equally impressive achievements. The program posted its highest ever cumulative grade-point average and best Fall GPA. Pilgrim posted a perfect 4.0 semester GPA in the fall, and six team members will graduate during the 2013-14 academic year (Jordan Rumora graduated in December 2013; Jesse Droemer, James Ross, Curtis Reed, Wesley McClain and Bryn Flanagan received their bachelor's degrees in the spring.)
"Our journey during the last four years has been a ride I will never forget. It was a lot of hard work, but we recruited the right players who believed in what the University of Houston was about. I will always look back and cherish my time at the University of Houston," Hill said. "I will miss working with Jonathan, who is one of the top coaches in the country. I will miss the players we recruited and developed, and I will miss our alumni and the Houston Golf community that supported us. They were with us all the way from No. 175 in the country to No. 10."
"Pacific is wonderful situation for me, my wife Alyssa and our son, Graham," said Hill, whose wife's family lives in the Bay Area. "There aren't too many opportunities out there where we could both continue and advance our careers while living near family."
In late April, Hill was recognized as the 2014 Jan Strickland Award recipient, presented to the nation's top assistant coach by TaylorMade-adidas Golf as selected by the GCAA.
This marked the second straight season that Hill was recognized as one of the nation's top assistant coaches. He was named one of eight semifinalists in 2013. The Strickland Award is presented to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA or NJCAA assistant coach that, among other things, has excelled in working with their student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom.
Hill became the first Canadian to receive the award in its 12-year history.
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