Aug. 9, 2012
UCLA men's golf coach Derek Freeman on Thursday announced the appointment of Brandon Christianson (UCLA '09) as his assistant coach. Christianson assumes the duties of Jason Sigler, who served for two seasons in the same capacity.
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 the last three years, most recently with former UCLA star Kevin Chappell.
"We're very fortunate to have Brandon Christianson return to UCLA 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 one 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 San Martin, CA. 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 fundamentals 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, 26, is single and lives in Valencia.