After serving as an assistant coach for the past year, Christi Cano has been named the new head golf coach for the University of Houston-Victoria.
UHV Athletics Director Ashley Walyuchow made the announcement Thursday. Cano has served as the UHV assistant coach this past year.
"Christi did an excellent job this past year after being thrown into a tough situation and has proven she is more than capable to handle the job," said Walyuchow. "She really connected and reached out to the kids and has done an excellent job recruiting her first class of student-athletes. I am confident she will do an excellent job leading the programs."
A native of San Antonio where she began her golfing career, she has competed at all levels from junior golf, to college and the professional level.
Her journey to being a collegiate golf coach has been a rather unique one. It began at a later age than most, but that allowed her to obtain some skills and experiences that a select few have had the opportunity to achieve.
Gaining experience at the Division I Level as a student-athlete and her professional experiences teaching and playing on the LPGA Tour have provided her with some incredible knowledge that she has been able to pass on to her student athletes.
Since taking the assistant coaching position in 2016 at UHV, two players made the Dean's List in the fall of 2016, two players earned Red River Athletic Conference Players of the Week in 2017 and most recently one player was recognized as a 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Women's Golf Scholar Athlete. She was one of 174 women's golf student-athletes to be recognized for this national honor. Both men's and women's teams have also racked up numerous top five finishes. Cano coached her first team victory at the 2017 PGA Minority Championship.
"I am very excited and thankful to UHV for this incredible opportunity," Cano said. "I look forward to building two competitive golf programs for years to come. Recruiting has been my No. 1 focus this past year as I believe that is the foundation of growth for our program. With a strong recruiting class coming in, I am excited to get to work and win championships."
Cano captured the San Antonio Women's Amateur Championship title five times from 1999-2003 and received a full athletic scholarship to play golf at Oklahoma State University where she was an All-American in 2001. She helped her team win three Big XII Championships from 2001-2003. In 2003, Cano earned her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from OSU.
She then went on to play professional golf on the Duramed Futures Tour and then the LPGA Tour from 2005-2010. She also qualified and competed in three U.S. Women's Opens in 2005, 2010 and 2013. In 2013 she captured her first professional event winning the Texas Women's Open.
In 2011, Cano went on to work with the Alamo City Golf Trail in San Antonio and served as merchandiser, membership coordinator, golf course manager, and director of golf instruction. While there she created a Women's Golf Program, hosted junior clinics, and Get Golf Ready programs to help grow the game. She also volunteered as assistant coach for the Incarnate Word High School golf team.
Other accomplishments from Cano include: 1999 San Antonio Sportswoman of the Year, One of South Texas' Most Influential Women in Sport 2006, Inducted into the National Hispanic Sports Hall of Fame 2008, and most recently inducted into the 2016 San Antonio Independent School District Sports Hall of Fame.