RENO, Nev. Adam Pohll has been named University of Nevada’s Director of Golf and will oversee both the Wolf Pack men’s and women’s golf programs, Director of Athletics Cary Groth announced Thursday.
Nevada will also add two full-time assistant coaches to the Wolf Pack golf programs and will begin a national search to fill those positions immediately.
Pohll just finished his first year as Nevada’s women’s golf coach and came to Nevada after spending the previous three years as the director of golf and head coach of the men’s and women’s golf teams at Sacramento State University. In his first year with the Wolf Pack, Nevada turned in five top 10 finishes in nine tournaments, including a season-best third-place finish at the Cowgirl Classic in April. Junior Melanie De Leon, who recently qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, led the team with six top 10 finishes this year and was named to the All-WAC second team for the third consecutive season.
“This is a great opportunity for me to direct both programs,” Pohll said. “We have the chance to unify our golf programs and do great things with both teams.”
The 2007 Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year, Pohll led both the Sacramento State men’s and women’s golf teams to conference championships last year. Pohll coached the Sacramento State women to two victories in 2006-07, including the school’s first Big Sky championship, and a berth in the NCAA Regional. His men’s golf team also won two tournaments last season, including the Division I Independent Golf Championship.
A native of Fresno, Calif., Pohll was a member of the Sacramento State golf team in 1996 and 1997, helping lead the Hornets to their first Big Sky Conference championship in any sport in 1997. As a senior, he won three individual tournaments and was the co-medalist at the 1997 Big Sky Championship. Prior to going to Sacramento State, he also attended Fresno State University for two years and was a member of the Bulldog men’s golf team which won the Western Athletic Conference title in 1994.
Following his collegiate playing career, Pohll served as an assistant golf professional at Mather Golf Course in Sacramento from 1997-99 and was an assistant coach at Sacramento State during that time period. From 1999-2004, he also served as the general manager of the Riverside Golf Course in Fresno, Calif., and became the senior operations manager for CourseCo, Inc. in 2000, supervising general managers, golf pros and superintendents at three other golf courses in northern California.
A Class A member of the PGA of America, Pohll continues to play competitively, participating in the 2003 PGA Qualifying School and qualifying for the 2003 Western Club Professional Championships in Seattle. In the summer of 2006, he qualified for the PGA Professional National Championships in Verona, N.Y.
“We are very excited to have Adam move into this new role and improve the coaching resources for all of the student-athletes in our our men’s and women’s golf programs,” Groth said. “Adam brings championship experience as both a student-athlete and a coach to our programs, and his knowledge, experience and commitment to excellence will benefit our men’s and women’s golf teams greatly.”