By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
As expected, Cal State Bakersfield has hired former Glendale Community College golf coach Greg Osbourne as the Roadrunners' Director of Golf.
Osbourne replaces Dave Barber, who informed university officials several months ago of his plan to retire at the end of this season.
"I am very excited to continue to build on the successful program here at Bakersfield," Osbourne said in a release. "I am very familiar with the area as we would play here (against Bakersfield College) when I was at Glendale."
Osbourne was the men's head coach at Glendale from 2007-13 and the women's coach from 2010-13. Glendale had one state champion, two state runners-ups and four individual All-Americans.
"We are excited to have Greg as our director of golf," said Ziggy Siegfried, CSUB senior associate athletic director who oversees the men's and women's golf programs. "He is passionate, enthusiastic and has the drive to take our golf program to a whole new level in Division I."
The Californian reported two weeks ago that Osbourne was the likely replacement for Barber. At that time, Siegfried would not confirm the job offer to Osbourne but acknowledged that details of the contract were being discussed.
Osbourne's duties will be the management and supervision of the CSUB men's and women's teams. He begins his CSUB job June 6.
Osbourne is a member of the Professional Golfers Association. He was a first-team all-conference player three times while at Cal Lutheran in 1982-84. He was the NAIA District III individual champion in 1984 and later placed fourth at the NAIA national championships that season. He was inducted into the Cal Lutheran Hall of Fame in 2008.
Barber and Tony Bernardin, who has been coordinating the daily operations of the women's program, are expected to remain on CSUB's coaching staff as assistants.
Men's soccer teamadds two attackers
Cal State Bakersfield's men's soccer team has signed two forwards to letters of intent.
Giovanni Godoy, who has been playing for the Santa Cruz Breakers from the Northwest Division of the Development Academy System; and Armando Flores, who currently lays with Chivas USA Academy, will be eligible this fall.
Godoy had 15 goals and ranked No. 92 on Top Drawer Soccer's list of 150 recruits for 2013 and is ranked No. 5 in the Northern California region. Flores earned his spot with Chivas USA Academy as the winner of Sueno, a tournament Major League Soccer uses to unearth the top talent in youth soccer. Flores beat out players from all over the country to earn an Academy spot.
CSUB has signed seven new players for next season.
Goalie joins water polo
Courtney Wahlstrom, a goalkeeper from Palm Desert High, has signed a letter of intent with the Cal State Bakersfield water polo team.
Wahlstrom was selected All-CIF first team and was the Desert Valley League most valuable player. As a senior, she had 297 saves in 31 matches. She is the fourth player to sign with CSUB for the 2014 recruiting class.