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Chris Nallen
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Arizona '04
Experience: 3 Years

One of the most prolific players in Arizona men’s golf history, Chris Nallen is in his third season as assistant coach after joining the staff in August 2013.

Last season, Nallen assisted a young squad that regularly saw multiple freshmen in the starting lineup. One of those freshmen, George Cunningham, distinguished himself by earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors and finishing the season as an NCAA Regional qualifier. Cunningham posted a 71.6 strokes per round average, which tied for second on UA's freshman single-season list and tied for 10th on the all-time single-season list. Senior Alex McMahon, the squad's number two player, earned Pac-12 Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors and was a Capital One Academic All-District selection. In addition, the men's golf program notched the highest GPA out of the department's men's programs for the fourth straight year.

In his first season coaching, Nallen helped two individual Wildcats to the NCAA San Antonio Regional. Arizona also earned runner-up finishes at the Arizona Intercollegiate and Del Walker Invitational. The Wildcats earned numerous awards during the season including two All-Pac-12 honors and academic awards. 

A four-time All-American at UA from 2001-04, Nallen helped lead the Wildcats to three top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, highlighted by third-place finishes in both 2001 and 2004. He was also named a Freshman All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) in 2001.

Nallen won six individual medals during his collegiate career, claiming first-team All-Pac 10 honors in each of his final three seasons at UA. He was selected to represent the United States on the Walker Cup team in 2003 and at the Palmer Cup in both 2003 and 2004.

The Queens, N.Y., native was a semifinalist for the 2004 U.S. Amateur, after which he joined the professional ranks. He won the 2004 Gila River Classic in his first Nationwide Tour start, becoming the first player in tour history to win his first-career start in wire-to-wire fashion after qualifying on Monday. Upon entering the coaching ranks, Nallen ranked 82nd all-time on the Tour (formerly the Nationwide Tour) in career earnings.

Nallen graduated from UA in 2004 with a degree in economics.