Anna Temple, a former professional and accomplished amateur golfer who spent the four seasons as an assistant coach at Cal, is in her third year as the Aggies' head coach after being named to the position in August 2012. She has continued the Aggies' success in the Big West, capturing her second straight Big West Championship last spring while extending UC Davis' overall run of consecutive titles to five. The Aggies have also made five straight appearances in the NCAA Championships, have been ranked as high as 11th nationally and are regular members in Golfstat's top 25.
Her first season with the Aggies was a successful one. She led UC Davis to its fourth consecutive Big West Championship, its fourth appearance at the NCAA Regionals and a berth in the NCAA Finals. Led by a 1-2-3-4 finish from Demi Runas, Andrea Wong, Beverly Vatananugulkit and Amy Simanton, her Aggies posted a 29-shot win at the Big West tournament.
Additionally, those same four players earned All-Big West first-team accolades while her other starter - freshman Betty Chen - was named honorable mention before posting the team's best finishes at both the regional and national championships. For her efforts, Temple was named Big West Co-Coach of the Year.
The 2013-14 season brought similar success. The Aggies' finished in the top three at six tournaments, including the Indiana Hoosier Fall Invitational which they won by 16 shots over a field that included Illinois, Louisville, Ball State, Purdue, Penn State, Boston College and Minnesota. Chen helped highlight her year by posting a 3-under 210 to win top individual honors while freshman Paige Lee tied for sixth.
UC Davis finished either first, second or third in four of their seven fall tournaments including the Big West Championship which it rolled to by 16 shots over Cal State Northridge. Vatananugulkit tied for third while Chen (6th), Lee (T-7th) and Blair Lewis (T-9th) rounded out another dominant performance. Chen, Vatananugulkit and Lee were named to the All-Big West first team, Wong was an honorable mention, and Temple earned her second straight Big West Coach of the Year honor.
Temple, a former all-region player for the Golden Bears during her senior season in 2004, was an assistant coach at her alma mater from 2008-12. She played three years at Cal after transferring from the University of Wisconsin following her freshman season.
Temple enjoyed an oustanding amateur career, qualifying four times for the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship (2000-02, '04) including advancing to the quarterfinals in her first trip. Another highlight was her third-place showing at the 2004 Canadian Women's Amateur Championship.
Temple's professional career spanned the Durmaed Futures Tour in 2005-06 and nearly three dozen tournaments on the European Ladies Tour. She also played briefly on the Ladies African Tour in 2008. She enjoyed a strong showing at the tour's 2008 WPGA Master's, falling in a playoff for top honors.
Temple earned her undergraduate degree from Cal in 2004.