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Chris Nallen
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Arizona '04

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

In his first season coaching, Nallen helped lead two individual Wildcats to an NCAA Regional appearance. The team also had two runner-up finishes during the spring. The Wildcats were also successful in the classroom, earning the athletic department’s award for highest GPA. 

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.