Oregon State may have made the biggest splash on the women’s side with coaching hires this summer by hiring Sammie Chergo. Chergo coached Denver from 1998-2013 and twice leading the team to top six finishes at the NCAA Championship.
“We were fortunate to have an exceptional pool of candidates for our vacancy; Sammie quickly rose to the top,” Oregon State Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis said. “She has a proven record of student-athlete development, both on and off the course, and overall her teams have had a great success at the national level. I believe she will be an outstanding ambassador for Oregon State University and I look forward to watching our program develop under her guidance.”
Chergo, who played college golf at Colorado State, launched the Denver’s women’s golf program in 1998 and guided the Pioneers to a tie for sixth at the 2008 NCAA Championship and one year later placed fifth.
Chergo’s teams won nine consecutive Sun Belt Conference titles from 2004-13 and competed in the postseason 11 consecutive years, from 2002-12. She was named the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year six times and was honored as the Sun Belt Conference All-Time Coach for the 30th anniversary in 2006.
“I am very proud of what we built at Denver. I am excited to get back into coaching and I am looking forward to a new challenge and building on the foundation that is already at Oregon State,” Chergo said. “To have a chance to compete in the Pac-12 Conference and continue to grow Oregon State is a thrill. I can’t wait to get started.”
Prior to her time at Denver, Chergo was an assistant coach at Colorado during the 1996-97 season.
After a one-year hiatus from coaching college golf, she replaces Rise Alexander, who had coach the Oregon State women’s golf team for the past 24 years.