Sagehen Athletics Announce The Hiring Of John Wurzer To Lead Golf Programs

Sagehen Athletics Announce The Hiring Of John Wurzer To Lead Golf Programs

CLAREMONT, CA. – John Wurzer has been hired as the new head coach for the Pomona-Pitzer Men's and Women's Golf teams as announced by the Sagehen Athletic Department today.

"We are have thrilled to have John Wurzer join us to lead our golf teams," said Director of Athletics Lesley Irvine. "John brings a passion for the game, a desire to elevate the visibility of the programs and tremendous on campus experience as a coach, teacher and mentor. From winning a CIF Championship as an elite high school coach, to his coaching experience in the Pac-12 John is truly an exciting hire for the department."

Wurzer comes to Pomona-Pitzer after spending the majority of his career coaching at the elite Division I level at USC and Long Beach State. Prior to his collegiate coaching career, Wurzer spent nine seasons (2000-08) building a premier girl's high school program in California at Torrance High School where he led the Tartars to the 2005, 2007 and 2008 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Girls Golf Championships.

Under his leadership, Torrance finished with 24 top-2 performances in CIF events (17 CIF championships and seven CIF runner-up finishes). His teams produced 2007 LPGA Rookie of the Year Angela Park, LPGA Tour members Jane Rah, Jenny Shin and Demi Runas as well as Futures Tour player Maria Ham.

Wurzer spent the last three years as the assistant men's golf coach at Long Beach State where he was in charge of recruiting and served as the tournament director for the 2016 Walker Cup Fundraiser. 

Prior to Long Beach State, Wurzer spent four years as the Director of Golf Operations and assistant coach at USC. During that time, the Trojans were consistently ranked inside the top-20 and finished third in the PAC-12 Championships in 2011.

"I'm excited to join the Sagehen Family as the next Head Men's and Women's Golf Coach," said Wurzer.  "I would like to thank Lesley, the search committee and Pomona & Pitzer Colleges for this opportunity."

Wurzer is a 2006 graduate from LBSU where he was a four-year letter winner on the men's golf team. During his career at Long Beach, Wurzer recorded seven top-10 performances and captured the 1996 CSUN Bill Cullum Invitational.

Wurzer graduated with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree in Coach Education and Sport Development.