Matt Ward hired as head men's golf coach for Colorado Mesa University

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Colorado Mesa University announced the hiring of Matt Ward as the full-time men's golf head coach.

The CMU men's golf team had one of their most successful seasons this past spring, with freshman Colin Prater becoming the first CMU athlete to qualify for nationals under former head coach Paul Brown. While Brown will continue to be involved in the program, former Minnesota State assistant coach Matt Ward will step in as the new head coach.

Ward had been involved with the game for over 20 years and will now inherit a program that continues to gain success.

He started coaching both men and women at Jamestown College and later spent two years as an assistant with Minnesota State, helping the team qualify for the 2010 NCAA Division II National Championships.

Now he's ready for this new step as a first-time head coach in DII men's golf.

"This is the first endeavor to being a head coach," said Ward. "There's a little bit of pressure there, and I'm sure there will be bumps and bruises along the way and some hiccups will happen, but I think the passion that I have will kind of out weigh that, and we'll learn some things and there's plenty of support staff here."

Ward's experience doesn't stop at coaching. On top of being a lecturer, he has worked as a professional golf instructor and caddy.

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