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Brandon Christianson
Position: Assistant Coach, 2nd year
Hometown: Valencia, CA
High School: Valencia
Alma Mater: UCLA, '09
Brandon Christianson (UCLA '09) was named the Bruins' assistant coach on Aug. 9, 2012. He begins his second season as the Bruins' full-time assistant coach under Head Coach Derek Freeman.

After earning four varsity letters for the Bruins from 2005-08, Christianson served one season as the Bruins' Undergraduate Assistant Coach while completing his degree in History. He returns to Westwood after working on the PGA Tour as a caddie for three years (2010-12), most recently with UCLA alumnus Kevin Chappell.

"We're very fortunate to have Brandon Christianson as our full-time assistant coach," said Freeman. "His experience caddying for Kevin Chappell and Jason Gore is exactly the type of on-course expertise from which our players can benefit.

"Also, as a recent UCLA graduate, he knows precisely what we expect from our student-athletes both on and off the course," Freeman continued. "And, having been a member of a national championship team, he realizes the tremendous amount of dedication required to achieve that goal."

In 2008-09, his first season on the Bruins' staff, Christianson worked in a variety of administrative and coaching areas. One of his main duties was to help organize the annual Gifford Collegiate Championship, hosted by UCLA. In addition, he organized and ran practices, mentored players and served as the one of the Bruins' designated coaches at several tournaments.

From 2006-08 he also worked at the annual UCLA golf camps, teaching young golfers the Brandon Christiansonfundamentals of the game as well as managing many aspects of the camp operation.

In his four seasons on the team, Christianson played 57 career rounds and averaged 74.5 with a 93% counter ratio. He also recorded 10 Top 10 results, 18 Top 20s, 14 rounds below par and five rounds below 70. In his second collegiate round as a freshman in 2005, he fired a team-best 66 (-6), which became his best collegiate score. In 2008, in his final collegiate round, he fired a 68 (-4) to tie for 19th at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic. That season, the Bruins won the NCAA title.

At Valencia High School, he earned four varsity letters and twice was the Foothill League MVP. In a conference championship tournament in 2004, he fired a league record score of 65 at Harding Park. In the 2003 CIF Southern Section playoffs, he blistered Soule Park GC for a 10-under par round of 62, considered to be the lowest round ever by a high school player in Southern California.

Christianson, 27, is single and lives in Valencia.

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