Aug. 21, 2012
By Danielle Marshall
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. –Christian Newton, a 10-year coaching veteran, has been introduced as the third head coach in the history of the Colorado State men’s golf program. CSU Director of AthleticsJack Graham made the announcement Tuesday.
“It has become abundantly clear to me that Colorado State has the potential to compete at the very highest level in collegiate golf,” Graham said. “We have one of the nation’s finest home practice facilities in Harmony Golf Course, and some very talented student-athletes. Adding a coach of Christian Newton’s talent and experience gives me great confidence that we can compete as one of the nation’s top 20 programs. I know Coach Newton shares my vision to deliver these results.”
An assistant at Georgia Tech since 2007, Newton was promoted to associate head coach in the summer of 2011. In addition, he served as assistant coach for the United States team that competed in the Palmer Cup in 2012. The tournament pits the top eight American collegiate players against their counterparts in Europe.
His efforts and success in helping lift the Tech program were recognized by his peers in the spring of 2011 when he was named the recipient of the Jan Strickland Award, presented by the Golf Coaches Association of America to the nation's top assistant coach. Newton had been a finalist for the award each of the two years prior.
“It’s a dream come true to work at such an amazing institution like Colorado State,” Newton said. “After meeting with Jack Graham it was apparent that this is the type of atmosphere in which I would like to work. I can’t thank him enough for this incredible opportunity. My family and I could not be more excited to start this new chapter in our lives.”
In 10 years as an assistant coach Newton oversaw the development of 13 All-Americans and 17 all-conference selections, and helped guide his teams to the NCAA Championship seven times, including each of his five years at Georgia Tech. Newton also helped guide the Yellow Jackets to a top-10 final season ranking in each campaign.
Newton, who spent two years at Alabama (2005-07) prior to his stint at Georgia Tech, helped coach the Crimson Tide to a sixth-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Championship. While there he also helped revamp the golf booster program.
A native of Lyons, Ga., Newton was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Georgia Southern, from 2003-2005, helping the Eagles to a tie for 13th at the 2005 NCAA championship. He also assisted in coaching two All-Americans, Aron Price and David Palm, the Eagles' first All-Americans since the 1989-90 season.
Newton earned a bachelor's degree in sports management from Georgia Southern in 2002, and completed his master's in sports management there in 2004. He played golf four years (1997-2001) for the Eagles, earned all-Southern Conference honors in 2001 and also played in the NCAA championship that spring.
Newton is married to the former Jessica O'Dwyer of Atlanta and the couple has one child, Keegan.