Spencer, Wilner Named Head Women's, Men's Golf Coaches
RENO, Nev. - Chad Spencer has been named the head coach of the Nevada women's golf team, and Jacob Wilner has been selected as the head coach of the Nevada men's golf team, Wolf Pack Director of Athletics Cary Groth announced Tuesday.
"We are very excited to have Chad and Jacob lead our women's and men's golf programs," Groth said. "After conducting national searches, it became obvious that they are the right choices to help take Nevada golf to the next level of winning Western Athletic Conference championships and receiving postseason invitations. Both Chad and Jacob bring a wealth of knowledge about the game and will bring a seamless transition for our golf programs."
Spencer and Wilner have spent the last two seasons as assistant coaches for the Wolf Pack men's and women's golf programs. In those two seasons, the Nevada men's golf program turned in 11 top five finishes, including a pair of wins, sent an individual to the NCAA West Regionals each year and earned six individual All-WAC selections. The Wolf Pack women's program finished in the top five seven times and saw two players earn All-WAC honors in those two years .
A 2005 graduate of Fresno State, Spencer came to Nevada in 2008-09 after spending the previous three years as a club fitter and instructor at River Park Golf Center in Fresno, Calif. He competed on the Canadian Tour for two years from 2006-07 and was an assistant coach at his alma mater in 2004-05. Spencer was a four-year letterwinner at Fresno State, earning All-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2003 (second team) and 2004 (first team). He also garnered All-Southwest Region accolades after turning in nine top 20 finishes in 12 events his senior year.
"I am so excited to be the women's head golf coach at the University of Nevada. I want to thank Cary Groth and the athletics department staff for this opportunity," Spencer said. "The University of Nevada is a premier institution with premier athletics, and I am honored to be a part of that. I am looking forward to the continued growth and success of the Wolf Pack women's golf team."
Before coming to Nevada in the 2008-09 season, Wilner spent over seven years as a golf instructor, including one as a lead instructor at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head Island, S.C. A 2001 graduate of Coastal Carolina, he has also worked at golf courses in southern California and Myrtle Beach, S.C. Wilner spent four years as a member of the golf team at Coastal Carolina where he earned All-Big South Conference honors from 1998-2000. He ranked fourth in the nation in scoring average in 1999 at 72.3 strokes per round.
"I am thrilled about my new role at the University of Nevada. The entire team and coaching staff all share the same common goals: to have 100 percent commitment to both academics and athletics," Wilner said. "I want to thank Cary Groth and the Wolf Pack athletics department for this opportunity and look forward to leading our program to success in the highest of levels in competition."