Marc Chandonnet enters his sixth season as the head coach of the Seattle University men's and women's golf teams in 2017-18.
Over the course of his first five seasons, Chandonnet has seen consistent drops in both teams’ scoring averages. The men’s average was 301.90 during his first season in 2012-13, and came in at 291.58 in 2016-17. A similar drop has taken place on the women’s side as the Redhawks averaged 314.70 in 2012-13, and shot 303.48 this past year. Chandonnet’s teams have also collected 28 total WAC All-Academic Team honorees (15 men, 13 women), three Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars and eight WGCA All-American Scholars.
The 2016-17 season was a pinnacle at Seattle U as the Redhawk men’s squad won its first Western Athletic Conference title and made the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1965. The WAC team title was followed by WAC Coach of the Year honors for Chandonnet, while freshman Zack Overstreet was named WAC Freshman of the Year. The 2016-17 women’s team finished third at their WAC Championships, while also earning a team win at the Red Rocks Invitational.
In the 2015-16 season, Chandonnet led both the men's and women's golf teams to second-place finishes at the WAC Championships. This was the men's highest WAC finish to date, and two men's golfers were named to the All-WAC Team. The women also claimed first place at the Bobcat Spring Invitational.
In 2013-14, Chandonnet oversaw the men's golf team winning its first stroke-play tournament since being reinstated as a varsity sport, coming out on top at the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational. The men's squad also hosted the Redhawk Invitational at Chambers Bay, home of the 2015 United States Open. The women's golf team finished second at the Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invitational, led by a second-place finish from Juhee Lee, and Dorsey Addicks qualified for the United States Women's Amateur Championships.
During his first coaching season, the Redhawk men had their best finishes at the Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invite (fourth place) and the Cypress Ridge Match Play (second place). At the WAC championship, the men's team finished ninth. The Redhawk women's golf finished third at the Rose City Collegiate, earned fifth place at the Santa Clara University Colby Invitational, and finished sixth place at the WAC Championships.
Chandonnet came to Seattle U from Southwestern Oklahoma State where he served as the head men’s and women’s golf coach in 2011-12. He lead the men's team to the 2012 Great American Conference championship, the first conference title for the Bulldog men since 1997. The women's golf team finished in third place at the 2012 Great American Conference Tournament, the highest finish for that squad since 1998. During his stint with the Bulldogs, Chandonnet laid the groundwork, including beginning construction, for what is now the Everett Dobson Training Facility, which includes an 8,000-square foot short game practice area.
Before taking the head job at Southwestern Oklahoma State, Chandonnet was the head women's golf coach at Grand Canyon University from 2004 through 2010. He also served as associate head men's golf coach from 2007 through 2009 before becoming director of golf until September 2010, guiding the Grand Canyon men's golf team to back-to-back Pacific West Conference championships in 2009 and 2010.
Chandonnet simultaneously served as the associate athletic director for development at Grand Canyon from January 2007 through September 2010, compiling a comprehensive marketing program to help increase the athletic department's fundraising initiatives. He also provided more opportunities for alumni, staff, family, friends and organizations to become involved with the Grand Canyon athletics department.
During his collegiate coaching career, Chandonnet has coached four All-Americans and 16 All-America Scholars as named by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), including seven All-America Scholars in 2009-10.
Chandonnet was a member of the Grand Canyon University golf team for four years. He has participated in four U.S. Amateur Opens, most recently qualifying for the 2015 United States Amateur Championship. He also qualified for the same tournament in 1998 while earning qualification for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in 2014.
Chandonnet earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design in 2003 and his Master of Science degree in leadership in 2011 from Grand Canyon University. He resides in Maple Valley, Wash., with his wife and three children.