Wilner, Spencer to head Nevada teams

The University of Nevada has announced the selection of new head coaches for the men’s and women’s golf teams. Jacob Wilner will head the men’s team while Chad Spencer will be at the helm of the women’s team.

Spencer and Wilner spent the past two seasons as assistant coaches at Nevada.

“We are very excited to have Chad and Jacob lead our women’s and men’s golf programs,” Director of Athletics Cary Groth said. “After conducting national searches, it became obvious that they are the right choices to help take Nevada golf to the next level of winning Western Athletic Conference championships and receiving postseason invitations. Both Chad and Jacob bring a wealth of knowledge about the game and will bring a seamless transition for our golf programs.”

Wilner is a graduate of Coastal Carolina, where he played four years of collegiate golf and earned All-Big South Conference honors from 1998 to 2000. Before coming to Nevada, Wilner spent seven years as a golf instructor, including one year as the lead instructor at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Spencer played his collegiate golf as Fresno State, where he was a four-year letterwinner and earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2003 and ’04. He competed on the Canadian Tour from 2006 to ’07, and also spent three years as a club fitter and golf instructor in Fresno, Calif.

Nevada’s men’s team ended the 2009-10 season ranked No. 72 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, and the women were No. 97.

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