Cal coach Desimone to retire after 37 years


Cal coach Steve Desimone will retire at the end of the season after 37 years at the helm.

"It's time to turn over the reins," he said earlier this week.

Desimone, 67, is a two-time national coach of the year, including in 2012-13, when he guided the Golden Bears to a modern NCAA wins record of 12 titles in 14 events. That team – the first to have all five players be recognized as either a first- or second-team All-American – reached the NCAA semifinals for the second consecutive year.

Desimone won his lone NCAA title in 2004, when Cal authored an epic final-round comeback. In all, he led the Golden Bears to 10 NCAA Championship appearances and 66 team titles. 

Ranked 13th in the country, the Golden Bears will compete as a No. 3 seed at the NCAA regional in Marana, Ariz., on May 16-18. A top-five finish in that tournament will send Cal to the NCAA Championship later this month at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club. The team is coming off a runner-up finish at the Pac-12 Championship.

Associate head coach Walter Chun has spent the past 12 years on the Cal coaching staff.