July 20, 2009

Hughes Named Associate Director of Athletics for Development/Director of Golf

After serving as head women’s golf coach for 11 years, Hughes transitions into new role

Marc Hughes has transitioned from head women’s golf coach at Eastern Washington University into the vacant position of associate director of athletics for development and the director of golf. In this role, he will be responsible for fundraising efforts and strategic planning for the athletics department in addition to oversight of the golf program.

“I am extremely excited about Marc’s transition into athletic development,” athletic director Bill Chaves said. “Given his impressive interpersonal skill set, he no doubt will be a great asset for the department in this important area.”

Hughes was the head golf coach at Eastern for the past 11 years, leading the program to impressive heights. Most recently, he was named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year following an outstanding 2007-08 campaign that saw the Eagles go 33-5 versus league foes.

During his time as golf coach, Hughes had concurrently been in charge of coordinating fundraising special events. These included the Orland Killin Dinner-Dance-Auction and the Ron Raver Memorial Golf Classic, both of which helped raise money to supplement the University's student-athlete scholarship fund.

“This is a great opportunity for my family and me,” Hughes said. “(Former athletic director) Dick Zornes hired me back in the day, and I shared an office with Ron Raver (also, a former EWU athletics director), so I have some historical perspective on the department that I look forward to helping grow.

“I am really happy with where the golf program is. We have been competitive in the Big Sky Conference and, more importantly, my players have graduated and blended into the working world. It's time for someone new to come in and take the program higher, but I am really proud of what I look back and see."

In addition, Hughes will also be a special liaison to Chaves and senior woman administrator Pam Parks in regards to the golf program. A search for a new head golf coach will commence immediately.

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