RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada has hired Kathleen Takaishi as head coach of the Wolf Pack’s women’s golf program, athletics director Doug Knuth announced Tuesday.
Takaishi, 37, comes to Nevada after a successful tenure at Portland State where she guided the Vikings to three Big Sky Championships in five and a half seasons as head coach. She was a four-year letterwinner at Oregon State, where she earned All-America honors in 1998 and competed in NCAA Regionals all four seasons.
“Kathleen has a proven track record of winning championships by recruiting and developing high-caliber student-athletes,” Knuth said. “We are thrilled to have Kathleen join the Wolf Pack family and lead our women’s golf team to new heights.”
While at Portland State, Takaishi was twice named the Big Sky Coach of the Year (2010 and 2011) and produced a Big Sky Player of the Year (2013) and a Big Sky Freshman of the Year (2011). She guided the Vikings to three championships and NCAA Regionals appearances (2008, 2010, and 2011) and twice had the Big Sky Championship individual medalist. She had 13 players named to the Big Sky All-Academic Team and 11 players who earned all-conference honors.
“I would like to thank Doug Knuth and the search committee for this opportunity,” Takaishi said. “I am looking forward to being a part of the Wolf Pack family. The future of this program is very bright and I am excited to have the opportunity to lead this team.”
Takaishi will guide a strong returning nucleus in year one for the Wolf Pack that includes junior Nikki Prichard and sophomore Caryn Khoo, who were among the top 12 last season in stroke average in the Mountain West Conference. Prichard finished fourth at the Mountain West Championships and led Nevada to a strong fourth-place showing as a team. Nevada also returns two players in junior Bethany Wurster and sophomore Carly Simpson who played in at least nine tournaments last season.
A native of San Bernardino, Calif., Takaishi starred at Oregon State from 1995-99. She competed in NCAA Regionals in four different seasons and advanced to the NCAA Championships as a junior in 1998 and again in 1999. She was named an NCGA All-American in 1998.
Following her collegiate career, Takaishi competed professionally for three years on the Players West Tour, US Challenge Tour and the Futures Tour. She qualified for the final stage of LPGA Q-School in 2001.
She began her coaching career as an assistant for the men’s and women’s teams at UC Riverside in 2002. In February of 2004, she returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach for the women’s team before taking the Portland State job in February of 2008.
The File on Kathleen Takaishi
Born: January 10, 1976
Hometown: San Bernardino, Calif.
Education: Bachelor’s in Education, Oregon State, 1999.
2008-2013: Head coach, Portland State
2004-2008: Assistant coach, Oregon State
2002-2004: Assistant coach, UC Riverside
Four-year letterwinner at Oregon State who earned All-America honors in 1998 after finishing 25th at the national championships.
Holds Oregon State records for single-season scoring average (75.97), career scoring average (77.24), season top-10 finishes (6), career top-10 finishes (16), career rounds (130) and lowest 54-hole total (213).
Holds women’s course record at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis (64).
Two-time winner of Oregon Women’s Amateur Championship (1997, 1998).
Competed professionally for three years on the Futures Tour.