Colusa native picked to lead Oklahoma college’s men’s golf program

Former Colusa resident Stephen Brown was named as the head men’s golf coach for the Rogers State Hillcat’s (Claremore, OK) men’s golf program, the school’s Director of Athletics, Chris Ratcliff, announced last week.

A 1984 Colusa High School graduate, Brown cut his teeth at Colusa Golf & Country Club, and was a member of the Redskins’ golf team, coached by the late Dave Dana. He went on to play two years of golf at Butte College before moving on to Chico State, where he played one year and earned a bachelors degree in social science.

“We are thrilled to have Steve join the Hillcat family at RSU,” Ratcliff said in a statement on the school’s website. “He comes to us with great experience at a very successful NCAA Division II program at Chico State. Steve’s passion for golf and knowledge of the game became very apparent during the process. The committee and I knew Steve was the right person to take over the men’s golf program, and I am excited for the future of RSU men’s golf under Steve’s direction.”

Brown comes to RSU after serving six years as an assistant men’s coach at Chico State. Brown was a key component to the coaching staff as he helped the Wildcats reach four NCAA Championship finals in his six seasons. Chico State finished as the NCAA Division II national runner-up in 2011-12. Brown was instrumental in the development of six All-Americans in his six years at the program. He developed practice drills and assisted with organization and operations of the men’s golf program. Brown also orchestrated fundraising events and increased support and access for student-athletes at area courses in northern California.

“I’m very excited to come to Claremore to lead the Hillcat men’s golf program,” Brown said in a statement. “I have to thank Director of Athletics Chris Ratcliff and the committee for having faith and confidence in me to direct the program. There’s a very good pool of talent on the team, and if we work hard, we can accomplish some great things. I’m looking forward to building a program that is competitive and will be a great experience for the student-athlete. I need to thank Chico State, because I wouldn’t be on my way to Rogers State if it wasn’t for the opportunity to assist with the program for six years.”

Brown brings more than three decades of experience in golf as a player, coach, instructor, and entrepreneur in northern California. Brown has served as the owner and general manager of Skyway Golf Park in Chico for more than 20 years. He has mentored numerous golfers and donated considerable time and resources to charities and golf programs to promote the sport. Brown was instrumental in improving Chico State’s practice facility, creating a new driving range for the team’s use at Skyway Golf Park.

Before his time at Chico State, Brown was an assistant coach for the women’s program at Butte College.