July 21, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men's golf head coach Sam Puryear announced the addition of Chris Stout to his coaching staff as an assistant coach. Stout joins the Spartans after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach at San Jose State University.
"The addition of Chris Stout gives us an excellent opportunity to take several steps forward," said Puryear. "His experience recruiting and working with student-athletes truly places us in a position to compete at the highest level."
Stout mentored five All-WAC golfers over his three seasons at San Jose State, capped by freshman Jay Myers' third-place finish at this season's WAC Championship. On the recruiting trail, Stout was instrumental in the 2007-08 class which was ranked No. 2 in the nation by GolfWorld.
"I am really excited about the opportunity to coach at Michigan State, in the Big Ten Conference and for Sam Puryear," said Stout. "It is a great move for me. Michigan State has always had one of the top programs in the country and I hope to be able to help continue that tradition. I have known Coach Puryear since his days at Stanford, and have a high regard and respect for him as a golf coach and a person. I was flattered when he called me about the opportunity to work at Michigan State and look forward to working with him."
Prior to moving out to San Jose State, Stout played professionally on the Texas Tight Lies Tour (2004), the Golden Bear Tour (2001, 2003) and the Canadian Tour (2000-02). His best finishes came on the Golden Bear Tour, where he posted three top-10 showings.
Stout graduated from Texas Tech University in 1993 and went on to be the assistant head professional at the Great Hills Golf Club in Austin, Texas from 1994-99. At Great Hills, he handled the day-to-day operations of running the course, in addition to acting as the director of the junior golf program, which ran in conjunction with the local First Tee program.
Stout began his collegiate career at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., playing on the golf team his freshman season.
Stout and his wife, Amy, are expecting the birth of their first child.