Since I began my coaching career back in December of 2007, I have hoped for the opportunity to return to Utah. – Garrett Clegg
SALT LAKE CITY — In its latest effort to become a respected foe in the Pac-12 Conference, the University of Utah golf team is turning to someone who has deep history with the program to guide it.
Bountiful native Garrett Clegg, who was a two-time All-Mountain West Conference selection during his collegiate career, was hired as the Utes' new head coach Tuesday. He replaces the departing Randall McCracken, who was the coach on the hill for 12 years.
Clegg returns to the U. after spending five seasons as head coach at Washington State. As the leader of the Cougars, Clegg helped them earn three top-10 finishes at the Pac-12 championship.
Utah has finished dead last each year since joining the conference.
Before his time at Washington State, Clegg was an assistant coach at Washington.
“Since I began my coaching career back in December of 2007, I have hoped for the opportunity to return to Utah," Clegg said in a statement. "It is my dream job to coach at the U. of U., and I cannot wait to get started.”
As far as his playing days with the Utes are concerned, Clegg is 1 of just 2 golfers to win multiple tournaments since 1990. He is tied for third all-time in program history with five top-10 finishes.
He played on the Nationwide Tour in 2007.
Clegg and his wife Rachael have three daughters, Grace, Sophie and Chloe, and son Brady.
Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.