Cain chosen to lead resurrection of Tarleton men’s golf program

By on January 21, 2022 0

STEPHENVILLE — Tarleton State University is bringing back men’s golf for the first time since 1995 and the Texans have chosen Chance Cain to lead the revival.

“We are thrilled to name Chance Cain as our next senior men’s golf coach,” said Intercollegiate Athletics Vice President Lonn Reisman. “Lucky comes to Tarleton with experience at the top level of Division I competition after six seasons with the University of Utah. He brings experience, but what stood out the most was is his energy, enthusiasm and work ethic.

“I have no doubt that Chance will do a terrific job and quickly bring back a premier men’s golf program to Tarleton State University,” he continued.

Cain comes to Tarleton after a six-year stint as an assistant coach from Utah, where last spring his Utes ended a 29-year playoff drought with a berth in the NCAA West Regional. Utah ranked among the top 50 programs in the nation and had three people in the top 194 nationally. Adding to the team’s success, individual Tristan Mandur recorded the best individual finish in Utah history at 17th in the nation.

Following Utah’s success in 2021, Cain was named a finalist for the Jan Strickland Award for Assistant Coach of the Year.

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“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to come home and get this team back in action for Tarleton State University,” Cain said. “I am grateful to President Dr. James Hurley, Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Lonn Reisman, and the hiring committee for welcoming me to Texas and entrusting me with this amazing opportunity. I would also like thank (Utah head coach) Garrett Clegg for the past six seasons. He was a great mentor and I learned a lot from him about being a head coach and leading a team. outstanding student-athletes.

“I’ve been on some great men’s golf teams in my career and I’m ready to add Tarleton to that list,” he continued. “Historically, men’s golf has been a historic program and it has a rich history of success. I’m excited for this opportunity and ready to build it to the standards our university and our fans deserve.”

Utah had some of its best seasons during Cain’s time on the staff.

In just his second season with the Utes, Utah notched its first win since 2009 with a first-place finish (-22; 842) at the 2017 Mark Simpson Invitational at the University of Colorado. was the team’s first victory since 2009. Utah improved to the Pac-12 championships in each of Cain’s first four seasons, finishing tied for fifth in 2019 – its best result since joining the league.

In 2019, Cain and the Utes sent a student-athlete to the NCAA championships for the first time since 2006, when Kyler Dunkle finished tied for 28th in the nation, which was a high for the program at the time. . That mark fell with Mandur’s fourth-place finish last spring.

Cain, a Big Spring native, began his coaching career at the Lone Star State as a volunteer assistant coach for Texas Tech in 2012. He stayed with the Red Raiders until 2014 before stepping away for a year. athletics. He returned to the links in 2016 as an assistant at Utah.

For two seasons at Texas Tech, Cain was part of the 2013 Red Raider team which went on to compete in the NCAA Division I Tournament which finished 14th overall for the program’s third-best finish in school history at the time. The following season, Texas Tech finished second in the 2014 Big 12 Championship Tournament.

After a stellar career at Big Spring High School, Cain moved up to college standings and played two seasons at Midland College. He helped guide his team to the 2008 NJCCA National Championship before completing his associate’s degree and transferring to Texas Tech. He earned a bachelor’s degree in general business from Texas Tech in 2010 before completing a master’s degree in sports management at his alma mater in 2012.

Cain becomes the sixth head coach in men’s golf history, which dates back to 1929. Legendary athletic director and multi-sport coach WJ Wisdom was the school’s first men’s golf coach and served two terms from 1929 to 1939 and again from 1941 to 1949. . Earl Rudder coached for two years before he was called up for military service.

After Wisdom, Dutch Flory ran the program from 1949 to 1969 before handing over to Hall of Fame coach Donnie Campbell. Campbell led the program from 1969 to 1991. He won three conference titles, two District 8 titles and sent players to four NAIA national golf tournaments. Campbell was inducted into the Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005 after a 36-year career at Tarleton that spanned three different sports.

Jim Johnson coached the team from 1991 to 1995 before the program was halted at the start of Tarleton’s move to NCAA Division II.