Long Beach State’s coach resigns

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Bill Poutre resigned as Long Beach State’s men’s head golf coach on Friday.

Poutre had just completed his second year at Long Beach after serving as the head coach at Hartford for four years.

Under Poutre’s direction, the 49ers nearly cracked the top 100 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings this past season. Long Beach State finished the year ranked No. 109, after being ranked 163rd the year prior to his arrival at Long Beach.

“I am proud of what we accomplished,” Poutre said. “We have put the pieces in place for the program to get to the next level.”

One of those pieces is incoming recruit Chien Yao Hung, ranked No. 7 in the 2010 class by Golfweek. Another reason has to do with the start of the Battle at the Beach, which quickly became one of the top tournaments on the college golf schedule last year and already has a top field for next year. Next year’s event is scheduled for Feb. 12-15 at Pelican Hill.

While at Hartford, Poutre drastically improved the golf program. The Hawks typically were ranked well into the 200s, but his 2007-08 squad ranked No. 160.

Poutre plans to move his family back to the East Coast.

“It was time and for family reasons, I am going to pursue other opportunities on the East Coast,” Poutre said. 

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