Don Rasmussen has resigned as head coach of the Seattle University men's and women's golf teams, effective immediately.
Rasmussen was hired as the head coach of the Redhawk golf programs in January 2008 after the University added men's and women's golf as NCAA sports in the fall of 2007. He has guided the teams through the school's transition from Division II to Division I over the past four years.
Rasmussen continually worked to bring golfers to Seattle U who represented the school well both on the golf course and in the classroom. One of his first recruits was Caitlin McCleary (The Dalles, Ore.), who won three tournaments during the 2011-12 season and finished 54-hole stroke play at the 2012 West Coast Conference Championships tied for first. The men's golf team has also seen success this past season, winning the Cal Poly Lamkin Grip Cup March 22-23 for Seattle U's first team tournament victory since 1980.
"I have really enjoyed my association with, and the opportunity to lead, the Seattle University golf programs over the past four years. I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of both programs in such a short time. It is a testament to the quality of the student-athletes in the program, when you consider how far it has come in a very short four years. To have the first win in 32 years in the men's program, and a female win three tournaments this past season, is unheard of for a program that is so young," Rasmussen said.
The Seattle U golf team has earned several academic honors over the past four years recognizing the student-athletes' work in the classroom. McCleary and Lori Pearson (Seattle, Wash.) are two-time Academic All-West Coast Conference honorees, and they were joined by Nicole Gaddie (Salt Lake City, Utah) as a 2012 honoree. On the men's side, five golfers earned Academic All-America Sky recognition in 2011, and Ian Dahl (Longview, Wash.) was named an All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
"We appreciate Don's work in establishing the men's and women's golf programs from scratch in 2008," Bill Hogan, Seattle U Director of Athletics, said. "As we move into the Western Athletic Conference, we will be looking for someone to continue the work Don has done for the past four years."
A search for the new head coach for men's and women's golf will begin immediately.