Head Coach- Men's and Women's Golf:
Experience: 17 Years - (8) at Seattle University (2012)
Marc Chandonnet enters his eighth season as the head coach of the Seattle University men's and women's golf teams in 2018-19. To date, his teams have collected 51 total WAC All-Academic Team honorees (24 men, 27 women), four Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars, two Golf Coaches Association of America All-America Scholars and 17 WGCA All-American Scholars, as well as a GCAA President’s Special Recognition Award and a WGCA All-Scholar Team award.
The 2018-19 teams were some of Chandonnet’s best yet. The men set the record for the lowest team round at the Seattle U Invitational, also achieving the best two scores in program history for low round vs. par at the Nick Watney Invitational and the Seattle U Invitational. They finished third at the WAC Men’s Golf Championships, with Nathan Cogswell leading the way with an eighth-place tie. Cogswell, the WAC Men’s Golfer of the Month for October, had three of the Redhawks’ four top-10 finishes, and also took first place at the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) Men’s Championship while posting the top two 54-hole scores in Redhawk history at the Nick Watney and Seattle U Invitationals. Seattle U’s women tied for first place at the WAC Women’s Golf Championships, led by Kimberlee Tottori’s and Vendela From’s fourth-place tie. The team posted the best team season scoring average in school history, also claiming the top spot for single-season par 5 scoring. Individually, the Redhawks excelled as well - Linette Chua set the school record for the lowest total in a 54-hole tournament at the Red Rocks Invitational, while Nicole Foster made the Final 32 bracket at the California Women’s Amateur Championship. In all, Seattle U’s women collected five top-10 finishes.
In the 2017-18 season, Chandonnet oversaw a number of successful players and team efforts. On the men’s side, Joe Harvie finished the regular season with three top-five finishes and a WAC Men’s Golfer of the Week Award (March 21-27). He finished seventh overall at the WAC Championships and made the All-WAC Second Team. In addition, Zack Overstreet made a name for himself on the national circuit, qualifying for U.S. Open Sectionals. The women had top-10 finishes from Keisha Lugito and Kimberlee Tottori during the regular season, while finishing second place as a team at the Portland State/Eastern Washington Tournament. They placed third overall at the WAC Championships, with Vendela From finishing third and Lugito and Tottori tied for sixth place. Tottori was subsequently named to the All-WAC Second Team.
Over the course of his first five seasons, Chandonnet saw consistent drops in both teams’ scoring averages. The men’s average was 301.90 during his first season in 2012-13, and came in at 291.58 in 2016-17. A similar drop took place on the women’s side as the Redhawks averaged 314.70 in 2012-13, and shot 303.48 in 2016-17.
The 2016-17 season was a pinnacle at Seattle U as the Redhawk men’s squad won its first Western Athletic Conference title and made the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1965. The WAC team title was followed by WAC Coach of the Year honors for Chandonnet, while freshman Zack Overstreet was named WAC Freshman of the Year. The 2016-17 women’s team finished third at their WAC Championships, while also earning a team win at the Red Rocks Invitational.
In the 2015-16 season, Chandonnet led both the men's and women's golf teams to second-place finishes at the WAC Championships. This was the men's highest WAC finish to date, and two men's golfers were named to the All-WAC Team. The women also claimed first place at the Bobcat Spring Invitational.
In 2013-14, Chandonnet oversaw the men's golf team winning its first stroke-play tournament since being reinstated as a varsity sport, coming out on top at the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational. The men's squad also hosted the Redhawk Invitational at Chambers Bay, home of the 2015 United States Open. The women's golf team finished second at the Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invitational, led by a second-place finish from Juhee Lee, and Dorsey Addicks qualified for the United States Women's Amateur Championships.
During his first coaching season, the Redhawk men had their best finishes at the Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invite (fourth place) and the Cypress Ridge Match Play (second place). At the WAC championship, the men's team finished ninth. The Redhawk women's golf finished third at the Rose City Collegiate, earned fifth place at the Santa Clara University Colby Invitational, and finished sixth place at the WAC Championships.
Chandonnet came to Seattle U from Southwestern Oklahoma State where he served as the head men’s and women’s golf coach in 2011-12. He lead the men's team to the 2012 Great American Conference championship, the first conference title for the Bulldog men since 1997. The women's golf team finished in third place at the 2012 Great American Conference Tournament, the highest finish for that squad since 1998. During his stint with the Bulldogs, Chandonnet laid the groundwork, including beginning construction, for what is now the Everett Dobson Training Facility, which includes an 8,000-square foot short game practice area.
Before taking the head job at Southwestern Oklahoma State, Chandonnet was the head women's golf coach at Grand Canyon University from 2004 through 2010. He also served as associate head men's golf coach from 2007 through 2009 before becoming director of golf until September 2010, guiding the Grand Canyon men's golf team to back-to-back Pacific West Conference championships in 2009 and 2010.
Chandonnet simultaneously served as the associate athletic director for development at Grand Canyon from January 2007 through September 2010, compiling a comprehensive marketing program to help increase the athletic department's fundraising initiatives. He also provided more opportunities for alumni, staff, family, friends and organizations to become involved with the Grand Canyon athletics department.
Chandonnet was a member of the Grand Canyon University golf team for four years. He has participated in four U.S. Amateur Opens, most recently qualifying for the 2015 United States Amateur Championship. He also qualified for the same tournament in 1998 while earning qualification for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in 2014.
Chandonnet earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design in 2003 and his Master of Science degree in leadership in 2011 from Grand Canyon University. He resides in Maple Valley, Wash., with his wife and three children.
Born in Lowell, Ma
Married 12 years to wife Jody - they have 3 children, Jaelyn (9), Kinley (6), Charlie (2)
Competed in (2) United States Amateurs (1998, 2015)
* Medalist at Qualifying -8 at Vesper Country Club, Lowell, MA (2015)
Competed in (2) United States Mid-Amateurs (2008, 2014)
Played College golf at Grand Canyon University (1999-2003)
Former student athlete 2011-2015
Job Title: Sports Director at "Golf Club Ban Jelacic" near capital "Zagreb".
-Representing Croatian National Golf Team internationally
"People make a location, not the other way around. Seattle University left a monumental impact on my life exactly because of that. On and off the golf course, in classroom, in the community, people always provided unconditional support."
Former student athlete 2010-2014
Student Body President: 2012-2013
NBC -Golf Channel
Job title: Production Associate
"SU welcomed and challenged me. Professors became mentors, teammates became family. The curriculum made me more self-aware and the city offered countless opportunities for professional development. I definitely wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for Seattle University."
Current student athlete 2013-2017
Team Captain - 2016-2017
GCAA Academic All-American
Current Scoring Avgerage: 71.27
Major: Business Management
"Seattle U is a tremendous academic school in the heart of a booming city. The experiences and relationships I've made through golf at SU with live with me forever."
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