FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State has named Michael Wilson as its new head men’s golf coach, Director of Athletics Joe Parker announced today. He takes over for Christian Newton, who retired from collegiate coaching after 10 years at the helm of the Rams.
“I am so humbled for the opportunity to represent Colorado State men’s golf going forward, the players, community and all those who came before,” Wilson said. “CSU has everything a student-athlete needs to develop their games, win championships and be successful people in life on and off the course. Past coaches Mark Crabtree, Jamie Bermel and Christian Newton have each built upon one another and left a tremendous program poised for success I want to thank CSU Athletics Director Joe Parker and his team for believing in me. My family is extremely excited, and I look forward to getting to work with the team and bringing home the Championships to Fort Collins. GO RAMS!”
“We are thrilled to have Michael serve as the head coach for our men’s golf program,” Parker said. “He is a recognized leader who brings a wealth of experience as a collegiate player, a professional golfer and a successful coach to Colorado State Athletics. He is passionate about mentoring young people and building a positive culture where students can compete for championships. It is a pleasure to welcome Michael, his wife Courtney and their son Ben to the CSU family and the Fort Collins community.”
Wilson has spent the last five years as the head coach at Long Beach State, building a program that has been represented in the NCAA Regionals in each of the last two years (2021 as a team and 2022 with Tyler Schafer as an individual). In the four years of awards, with 2020 being canceled due to COVID, he has had nine first-team, three-second team and two honorable-mention All-Big West selections, along with the 2021 Player of the Year and three Big West Freshmen of the Year.
In 2021, he led LBSU to its third Big West Conference title in 52 years and the program’s fourth NCAA Regional appearance, earning Wilson Big West Coach of the Year honors. In that season, the Beach earned a pair of top-two finishes, four top-five performances and six top-10 showings in nine tournaments.
Wilson got his start collegiately with three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Washington. While at Washington, Wilson helped the Huskies improve their finish at the Pac-12 Championships in each of his three seasons, with his last resulting in a tie for third place in 2016-17 as Wilson managed the team while head coach Alan Murray was home for the birth of his child. In each of his three seasons, Wilson helped Washington reach the NCAA Regionals, and the Huskies made an NCAA Championship appearance in 2015, tying for 15th while Cheng-Tsung Pan finished as the individual runner-up.
Wilson entered coaching following three seasons on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour. He first worked as an assistant golf professional and lead instructor at Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, Calif., and then made the move into collegiate coaching at Washington.
His pro career came on the heels of a tremendous collegiate career at California. A top golfer with the Golden Bears, Wilson was the 2003 Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year and played a big role in Cal’s 2004 NCAA National Championship. During his time at California, Wilson was the individual winner of three tournaments, a school record.
What They’re Saying About Michael Wilson
“Having worked with Michael I was able to see up close just how good a person and golf coach he is. He is really passionate about helping young people fulfill their potential and about the game of golf. He has great character, connects well with people and works extremely hard. Christian leaving was a big blow for the CSU program but they have found a really special coach in Michael and I am certain that the program’s upward trend will persist and its success shall continue.”
— Alan Murray, Washington Head Men’s Golf Coach
“I want to congratulate Colorado State Athletics for hiring one of the best young coaches in the United States to guide their Men’s Golf program, Michael Wilson. He was a key player on our 2004 National Championship team and it was obvious then that he’d make a great coach if he so chose the profession. There’s no doubt in my mind that Michael will follow in the footsteps of great coaches like Mark Crabtree, Jamie Bermel and Christian Newton in keeping the proud legacy of Colorado State golf. Michael’s an outstanding young man and I know it won’t take long for the Colorado State Athletics family to embrace him as one of their own.”
— Steve Desimone, California Golf Coach (Retired), 2004 National Champions
“First and foremost, Michael is just a great person. He’s honest, hard-working, passionate, and he’s a good dad and husband. He cares deeply about his players and will make their experience special. He’s very competitive as a player and coach and he’s a good learner, so he’s always searching for any way to get an edge and be better as a coach and leader. Anyone would do very well to send their son to play for Michael and I know he’s going to carry on and grow the tradition of success at Colorado State.”
— Matt Thurmond, Arizona State Head Men’s Golf Coach