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Derek Radley
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Ferris State, 2006
Experience: 4 Years
Phone: 520-621-9236
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Derek Radley enters his fourth season as the assistant coach for the University of Arizona women’s golf team. Radley joined the program as an assistant coach in August 2012. He came to the UA staff after two seasons serving as professional coach and caddy for LPGA Tour member Sara Brown.

“Derek brings a great amount of teaching knowledge and PGA and LPGA Tour experience to our team,” head coach Laura Ianello said. “He’s familiar with Tucson, the history and tradition of Arizona women’s golf and the collegiate golf scene. We’re excited for Derek to join our Wildcat family and our team can really learn a lot from him.”

Arizona women’s golf won the Pac-12 Championship in April 2015, the eighth in program history. The Wildcats won with a five-stroke lead thanks to Wanasa Zhou’s final round of 65, tied for the best round in Arizona history with Marisa Baena’s 65 from 1996. The squad went on to finish tied for fifth at the NCAA Championships and advance to the first-ever match play portion of the championships. Zhou earned the NCAA Elite 89 Award, given to the championships participant with the highest GPA.

In 2014, Arizona finished tied for second at the Pac-12 Championships, seventh at the NCAA Regional Championships and tied for seventh at the NCAA Championships. Lindsey Weaver was named second-team All-American by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association as both she and Wanasa Zhou earned All-Pac-12 honors.

Playing four sophomores and one freshman, the Wildcats earned a top-10 finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships. Arizona finished eighth after carding rounds of 298, 295, 297 and 300 for a total of 1190 (+38). The Wildcats were one of four Pac-12 teams to finish in the top 10. Arizona also collected a tied-for-fourth place finish at the Pac-12 Championships.

Radley began working with Brown in January 2011 and the duo used Tucson as its home base for training at La Paloma. Radley coached Brown to full status on the LPGA and Ladies European Tour through Qualifying School. Brown’s best tournament finish was 12th in Dubai alongside Michelle Wie in December 2011, and recently, she earned her first win on the LPGA Symetra Tour in Fishers, Ind.

Radley is certified as a PGA Class A Professional. He began his teaching career at two top-25 golf schools, Crystal Mountain (Michigan) and Dana Rader (North Carolina).

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Radley is a 2006 graduate of Ferris State, where he played as the No. 3 on the Bulldogs’ squad. He earned his degree in marketing and professional golf management. Radley and Brown were married in December 2013 and are expecting their first child in early 2016.