by Trent Merfeld
Below is my recent interview with Cal Berkeley mens’ golf coach Steve Desimone. Desimone received his undergraduate at Cal before attending the service for two years and then coming back to Cal for his master’s degree in physical education and ultimately finishing his student education in 1976. In his 33rd season at Cal, he had plenty to share.
The soundbite also includes my secondary interviews with sophomore star Brandon Hagy, who spoke on what it is like to play under Desimone. Also, I interviewed Bill Manning, the man who hired Desimone over three decades ago when the golf program at Cal was in a delicate period of being dropped as a Division 1 sport. While only a club, Desimone led Cal golf into the national spotlight where it is today. After a 2004 National Championship and many other accomplishments including recently being named the Pac-12 coach of the year, Desimone sat down to talk with me.
Get to Know Steve Desimone
If you Weren’t a Coach You Would Probably be a: Coach at college prep. My goal getting out of service was to teach and coach young people.
Favorite Athlete: Bill Russell, the greatest athlete in the history of American sports in my humble opinion.
Favorite Quote: “Joy have they that make good cheer” – Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol.
Favorite Food: Chocolate. “Exclamation Point, exclamation point, exclamation point.”
Pick One Drink: Diet Pepsi.
Pick One Band: The Beatles.