May 14, 2008
DAVIS, Calif. -
Anne Walker, currently the associate head women's golf coach at California, has been named head coach at UC Davis, replacing Kathy DeYoung who announced her retirement in February.
Walker will assume her new duties on July 1. UC Davis will continue its season next week at the NCAA Championships at the University of New Mexico.
Walker, who twice earned medalist honors and was a three-time captain for the Golden Bears, joined her alma mater's staff after graduating in 2002. She served as assistant coach until 2007 when she was elevated to associate head coach.
In that role, Walker has been involved in nearly every aspect of Cal's program, including recruiting, marketing, administration and fundraising. She also helped coordinate team travels to Japan, Mexico and Scotland.
"We are delighted that Anne is going to be joining UC Davis," said Associate Athletics Director Bob Bullis. "She has great coaching experience and I believe she will take the team from where Kathy has gotten it in its three years and keep moving forward with it."
Walker was a three-time All-Pac-10 Conference selection at Cal, earned All-America Scholar honors from the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) of America three years and was the 2002 Pac-10 Medal winner. From 2000-02, she was a member of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics.
"I'm thrilled to be given the opportunity," Walker said "Kathy has built a strong foundation for the program to be successful and I look forward to continuing those efforts."
Walker said she is confident her experience will help the Aggies continue its early success which includes a berth in the NCAA Championships next week at the University New Mexico in just its first year of eligibility. UC Davis began its varsity program in 2005 and is in its third year of competition.
"I was part of building a program at Cal. We were in a similar situation and we went to the top five in the country. I hope for similar success here," she said. "I'd like to build a program around character. I want to build a program that is recognized both on campus and in the community."
This season marks the final one for DeYoung whose amazing career at UC Davis covered women's volleyball, softball and golf. She won nearly 800 games in 26 years as UC Davis softball coach, including helping lead the Aggies to the 2003 NCAA Division II Championship. She then turned her attention to helping start the golf program upon retiring as softball coach, leading UC Davis to tournament titles in each of its first three golf seasons.