COACHES / INSTRUCTORS
MATT THURMOND | HEAD MEN'S COACH
Matt Thurmond was named the 14th head coach of the Sun Devil men's golf program in July of 2016. He spent 15 seasons at Washington, creating a NCAA championship contending program that included 12 NCAA Championship appearances as his team's averaged a top-10 finish that included seven finishes in the top-10. The 2009 Golfweek National Coach of the Year and two time Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2005 and 2009), he coaches the Huskies to three conference titles in 2005, 2009 and 2010.
He coached three No. 1-ranked world amateurs as in 2010 NCAA championship runner-up Nick Taylor won the McCormack Award and the Ben Hogan Award, as did Chris Williams in 2012. CT Pan, the top-ranked amateur in 2013, also was the NCAA runner-up in 2015. Thurmond coached James Lepp to the 2005 NCAA title, a first for the Husky program. He coached 25 All-Americans at Washington, including eight that earned first-team honors.
VAN WILLIAMS | ASSISTANT MEN'S COACH
Van Williams joined the Sun Devil staff in the summer of from Oregon, where assisted in the NCAA titles (team and individual) won by the Ducks in 2016. In his time at Oregon Williams helped head coach Casey Martin develop six All-Pac-12 players, as Wise became the fifth Duck to earn first-team All-America honors, and the first since 2012. Williams was the head coach at Wake Tech Community College from 2011-13 and led the Eagles to their first National Junior College Athletic Association ranking after the NJCAA Tournament in 2013. He also guided Ryan Gilbert to a third-place finish and the title of 2013 Region X Medalist at the NJCAA Tournament in 2013. In addition to his coaching experience, Williams served as a caddie for Casey Martin (2001-04) on the PGA and Nationwide tours.
MISSY FARR-KAYE | HEAD WOMEN'S COACH
Missy Farr-Kaye was named the 10th head coach of the seven-time NCAA Champion Arizona State women’s golf team on June 26th, 2015. Farr-Kaye, arguably one of the most respected coaches in the country, spent the past 13 seasons as an assistant coach and then associate head coach of the Sun Devil women’s golf program with Melissa Luellen. Under the partnership of Farr-Kaye and Luellen, ASU won the school’s seventh NCAA Title in 2009, golfer Azahara Munoz took home an individual NCAA title in 2008, and the duo coached 14 student-athletes to a total of 24 All-American teams, and saw three players win Pac-12 Golfer of the Year.
OVER THE PAST 13 SEASONS, THE SUN DEVILS ACCOMPLISHED THE FOLLOWING:
→ NCAA Team Championship in 2009
→ Two Pac-10 Titles
→ NCAA Individual Champion in 2008 (Azahara Munoz)
→ 24 Tournament Team Titles
→ 14 Golfers named to a total of 25 All-American teams
→ Three Pac-12 Golfers of the Year
→ Three NGCA Freshmen of the Year
→ 21 Individual Tournament Medalists
→ 12-straight NCAA Postseason Appearances
“This is my dream job in every sense of the word,” said Farr-Kaye. “I grew up playing junior golf at Papago Golf Course. I graduated from Arizona State and won a NCAA Title under Linda Vollstedt. To become the head women’s golf coach of my alma mater is the pinnacle of my career and I have a personal, vested interest in the success of our program. Our goal is to continue to bring home the national title, year in, year out. Arizona State has championship expectations and I intend to deliver.”
Also committed to the academic success of ASU’s student-athletes, Farr-Kaye’s golfers have won the prestigious Edith Cummings Munson Award – the award for the top female golfer who is both an All-American and Academic All-American – with Azahara Munoz named the first two-time award winner in 2008-09. In addition to recording the top grade-point average of 3.65 within Sun Devil Athletics in 2015, women’s golf also leads the conference with four ASU golfers named Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year – most recently awarded to Sun Devil All-American Noemi Jimenez in 2015.
During the 2008-09 season, Farr-Kaye, a two-time breast cancer survivor, battled a reoccurrence of breast cancer only to make it to the NCAA Championships and help ASU bring home its seventh NCAA Title. For her courage and strength, the Women’s Golf Coach Association awarded Farr-Kaye with the Kim Moore Spirit Award, the first and only coach to receive the honor typically reserved for student-athletes.
An accomplished golfer in her own right, Farr-Kaye was a member of the Sun Devil golf team under Hall of Fame head coach Linda Vollstedt and helped Arizona State bring home its first of seven NCAA Titles as a senior in 1990. Farr-Kaye graduated from Arizona State in 1990 with a degree in Organizational Communications.
Farr-Kaye, a Phoenix native, joined sister Heather Farr in the decision to attend school and play golf at Arizona State. Heather, a member of the Arizona Hall of Fame and the Sun Devil Hall of Fame, competed successfully as an LPGA golfer until she was diagnosed with and ultimately passed away from breast cancer at the age of 28. Farr-Kaye is an outspoken advocate for breast cancer awareness.
A 1985 graduate of Xavier High School in Phoenix, Farr-Kaye resides in Arcadia with her three children, Dalton, Riley, and Cameron.
MICHELLE ESTILL | ASSISTANT WOMEN'S COACH
Michelle Estill joined the program in the summer of 2016, joining her college teammate Missy Farr-Kaye as both played under Linda Vollstedt. She was the 1986 NCAA Championship runner up and earned a B.S. in Business Management in 1989 and was an Academic All-American. She was the 1991 LPGA Rolex Rookie of the Year. Her over 25 years of experience on and off the course in playing, coaching, sales, fundraising, and mentoring gives Estill a unique perspective on the game that she will bring to the Sun Devil women's golf team.
MATT TRIMBLE | PGA GOLF INSTRUCTOR
A Class "A" member of the PGA, Matt Trimble brings many years of instruction experience to his students. Matt has served as a full-time golf instructor at the ASU Karsten Golf Course since 1992. He also works as the Volunteer Assistant Coach for Arizona State University's nationally ranked golf programs. As a consultant to Titleist, Matt worked on the development of the 1994-95 club fitting program and design. Prior to joining the ASU Karsten team, Matt spent 7 years at Desert Highlands Golf Club in Scottsdale, the private Nicklaus designed course most recognized as the originator of the popular "Skins Game." Matt's students include standout high school golfers, mini-tour players as well as local scratch amateurs. However, beginners comprise a significant portion of his student base, as do women golfers. Knowledge, clarity of communication, patience and success rate are the key reasons to invest your efforts with Matt Trimble.
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals... Let me show you what good players do. Let me show what you are doing via video playback. Then, lets develop a practice routine to help you quickly transition to a more productive set of mechanics. I want my students to know what to practice and how to practice. But most importantly, I want my students to understand WHY good players do what they do. After a lesson with me, you will understand how the practice will improve your game.