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Nelson named USF Director of Golf

Gary Nelson has been named the Director of Golf at the University of San Francisco. In his new position, Nelson will become the primary fund raiser for both the men’s and women’s golf teams, and also will be in charge of conducting development activities. Rich Yokota, currently the assistant coach, will take Nelson’s position as head coach.

Nelson was the head men’s coach for four seasons, leading the Dons to the 2009 West Coach Conference Championship. Nelson also served as a member of the University of California’s Executive Golf Committee, and founded the Alister McKenzie Society in 1987. Nelson’s own golf accomplishments include several senior tournaments, including the U.S. and British Senior Opens.

“By establishing the position of Director of Golf, (Athletic Director) Debi Gore-Mann has given me the opportunity to stay involved with coaching the men’s program while providing recruiting, logistic, and budgetary support, as well as providing stability, and continuity for both programs,” Nelson said. “I look forward to serving USF in this new role, and providing the leadership to bring USF’s golf teams to the next level on the National stage.”

Yokota, who has been on Nelson’s staff for the past three years, is a former touring professional who has taught golf for more than 10 years.

“This transition is both exciting for me, as well as a plus for USF golf as a whole,” Yokota said. “I am very grateful for the support and show of faith that Gary and the University have shown me. Gary’s role is expanded, and at the same time, the goals and teamwork we have developed will remain intact. We will continue to coach the team together at tournaments and practices, so he is still on the hook for any disappointments.”

Sarah Huarte is in her first year coaching the women’s team at San Francisco after former coach Ria Quaizon became the head women’s golf coach at the University of Oregon this fall.

–The University of San Francisco contributed to this report.

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