College Men

Donovan re-ups with San Diego State

San Diego State's Alex Kang with head coach Ryan Donovan.
San Diego State's Alex Kang with head coach Ryan Donovan. ( Courtesy San Diego State )

Friday, June 8, 2012

SAN DIEGO – Ryan Donovan is off the market.

The San Diego State men's coach, who had been under consideration at many of the top college jobs in recent years, has agreed to a three-year contract with the Aztecs.

“San Diego State really stepped up and showed that they were committed to me staying here and continuing to coach at my alma mater,” Donovan said in a university news release. “Their support has meant a lot to me. I know that we can win here and have everything we need to be successful. I’m happy to keep moving forward and to having this program continue to compete at the very highest level.”

San Diego State won five tournaments this year, including a second consecutive Mountain West Conference title, and advanced to the eight-team match-play portion of the recent NCAA Championship. The Aztecs finished the season 14th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

Donovan, 34, a native of Yorba Linda, Calif., who played for the Aztecs from 1997 to 2001, was the MWC's Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. He is one of seven finalists for the Dave Williams Award, which recognizes the Division I Coach of the Year.

Donovan had been on the short list for the Arizona vacancy created by longtime coach Rick LaRose's recent resignation. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.