Entering his eighth season as head coach of the UTSA men’s golf program, Chris Donielson has had a positive impact since his hiring in 2000.
Donielson has guided his student-athletes to success both academically and athletically. He has produced one Southland Conference Men’s Golf Student-Athlete of the Year, 10 All-Southland Conference players, four academic all-league performers and two academic all-district honorees in his seven seasons.
He has led his team to five top-five finishes at the SLC Championships, including three runner-up performances (2000, ‘03 and ‘06). Last season, his squad finished third, while junior Kyle Collins and senior Thomas Kearney collected all-conference honors.
Donielson also has led the Roadrunners to four team titles during his tenure. Three of those came during the 2003-04 season at the Air Force Falcon Invitational, Crown Colony Classic and Rice Intercollegiate. UTSA also has had three individual medalists, including three-time winner John Elizondo (2006 SLC Championships, 2003 Crown Colony Classic and 2005 St. Croix Collegiate Classic).
In 2003, Donielson guided UTSA to a second-place finish at the SLC Championship. The Roadrunners’ final round of 272 ranks among the top five all-time rounds in league history.
Donielson came to UTSA after spending six seasons as the head coach at Tulane. Donielson led a much-improved Green Wave team to four top-10 finishes during the 1999-2000 season to go with five individual top-20 finishes.
Before joining the staff at Tulane, Donielson was the assistant men’s and women’s golf coach at the University of Oklahoma from 1992-94.
Donielson was a four-year letterwinner at Iowa State University, winning two collegiate tournaments and serving as captain of the squad as a senior.
One of his collegiate highlights was tying PGA Tour standout Tom Lehman’s course record at the Wisconsin Badger Invitational.
After winning the 1984 Iowa State Amateur Title, he went on to spend four-plus years on various professional tours. His highlights included one win, a pair of nine-hole course-record 29s and a personal low round of 64 in tournament play.
Following his playing days, Donielson focused his attention toward the instructional aspect of the sport, teaching throughout the Midwest and southern states with stints at Golfweek’s prep academies and Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s summer camps, as well as at the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy at the Bay Hill Country Club in Orlando, Fla.
Donielson and his wife, Julie, have two sons, Will and Cole.