Former assistant coach Carter Cheves will take the reigns of the Western Carolina men’s golf team. Cheves will step into the spot made vacant by former head coach Gorham Bradley, who took a full-time role with the Catamount Club, the fundraising organization that supports Western Carolina’s 16 intercollegiate athletic programs.
Cheves, who spent a year as Bradley’s assistant, will become the third head coach since 1991. He played two years of collegiate golf at N.C. State before finishing his degree at UNC Wilmington in 2008.
Following his graduation, Cheves served as the P.J. Boatwright summer intern for the USGA, a job that included tournament coordination, rules and course set-up.
“While working as the assistant men’s golf coach at Western Carolina over the past year, Carter Cheves has shown a genuine interest and concern for the success of every student-athlete, which made him a strong choice for our next head men’s golf coach,” said Associate Athletic Director Jennifer Brown, who chaired the department’s search committee. “Carter is an outstanding person with integrity, character and possesses tremendous potential. He played a large role in day-to-day operations of the program as an assistant and played a large role in recruiting the 2010-11 incoming class, which is among the best in school history.”
Western Carolina is No. 142 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. The team finished fifth at the Southern Conference Championship April 20.
– Information from Western Carolina University used in this report.