Kathy DeYoung, a highly successful coach for UC Davis for nearly 30 years, brings her expertise to the Aggies' newest sport of women's golf.
In 2006, the program's inaugural season, DeYoung announced the team's presence with authority. Sporting an all-freshman squad, UC Davis easily won the team title at the Division I Independent Championships, beating second-place Northern Colorado by more than 30 strokes.
Furthermore, the Aggies were invited to participate at the Big West Conference Championships as individuals. Though ineligible to compete for a team finish, the top four Aggies compiled a score of 918 strokes, which would have been a exceptional runner-up finish in the tournament. UC Davis will officially begin play at the Big West tourney in 2008.
DeYoung is a certified United States Golf Teaching Federation professional who teaches golf at UC Davis and has achieved success locally as a player after taking up the game late in her athletic career. Her passion for golf has taken her around the country to learn from leading collegiate Division I golf coaches and nationally recognized golf teaching professionals.
DeYoung, who coached softball at UC Davis for 26 years, concluded her softball career with an amazing overall record of 777-402-2 including a 417-187 conference mark. She finished her career ranked fourth in all-time victories among Division II coaches and 21st among collegiate coaches in all divisions.
DeYoung led UC Davis to eight conference championships, 13 NCAA postseason berths, four third-place finishes at the NCAA Championships plus the historical 2003 national title. Among her many coaching honors was national Coach of the Year in 2003, a trio of regional Coach of the Year recognitions, and five conference Coach of the Year awards.
Before her astounding run of NCAA playoff berths as a softball coach, the versatile DeYoung first brought national prominence to UC Davis at the helm of the Aggie women's volleyball program. In her 10-year career with volleyball at Davis, she led the Aggies three times to fifth place NCAA finishes, twice advanced to the AIAW national semifinals, and finished with a record of 168-97.
In all, DeYoung has served as a collegiate head coach in four sports. She previously mentored softball, volleyball and badminton during her coaching tenures at Temple University (1976-1978) and at UC Davis. During the two years at Temple University, DeYoung coached the volleyball team to a 57-8 record and two postseason appearances and the badminton team to a 16-5 record. She also served as an assistant basketball, volleyball, and softball coach at St. Cloud State University (Minn.) while attending graduate school there.