DeSantis Named National Assistant Coach of the Year

CORAL SPRINGS -- The National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) has recognized David DeSantis, Assistant Women's Golf Coach at Brigham Young University, as the 2005-06 NGCA Assistant Coach of the Year.

DeSantis is BYU All-American who returned to his alma mater in 2002 to aid head coach Sue Nyhus and the BYU women's golf team as assistant coach. DeSantis, a member of BYU's 1981 national championship golf team, has been a Class A member of the PGA since 1991 and also teaches at Riveroaks Country Club.

Sue Nyhus, Head BYU Women's Coach, stated "David and I are more like co-head coaches than coach and assistant. He has carried a great deal of the load these past three years while I battled skin cancer. He has graciously, willingly and in great fashion represented this team and our university."

DeSantis manages BYU's home event - the BYU Dixie Classic and was successful in securing the NCAA bid to host the 2007 Division I West Regional Championship. His coaching has helped lead the Cougars to two first place team finishes in the last two years and four second place finishes this past Spring alone.

In his free time, DeSantis enjoys family activities, service, basketball, swimming, and reading. Over the years, he has been involved with Salt Lake Boys and Girls Club, PGA sponsored "Clubs for Kids" program, and Special Olympics.

About the National Golf Coaches Association

The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The NGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the NGCA represents over 400 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.