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Chip Watson
School Director

32nd year as Wolfpack Golf School Director and Instructor. PGA Professional and General Manager of Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Former Assistant Golf Coach at NC State University (2008-14), Part-Owner of Wildwood Green Golf Club, All-Big South Conference Golfer at Campbell University, 1985 North Carolina Junior Medalist, winner of numerous junior tournaments.


Press McPhaul
Lead Instructor and Head Golf Coach at NC State University

3rd year at NC State Head Golf Coach; McPhaul comes to the Wolfpack after 11 seasons as the head coach of the East Carolina University (ECU) men's golf program.

In his first two years, Press has led the team to the NCAA Championships, with one finals appearance and top 25 finish in the national rankings.  2 All-americans and 3 academic all-americans.  $74 million and 23 victories.

Under McPhaul's leadership, the Pirates qualified for four NCAA Regionals (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016) and made one appearance in the NCAA Championships (2012). The NCAA Championships appearance in 2012 was the first in the history of the ECU men's golf program. Eleven ECU golfers have earned all-conference honors and the Pirates won 12 tournament titles during his tenure; McPhaul's teams have placed a combined 81 players on the Conference USA and American Athletic Conference Honor Roll and have had 16 Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar Team honorees. ECU has been named a Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar Team seven times since 2009 and was the recipient of the C-USA Sport Academic Award in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Prior to his time at ECU, McPhaul was the head coach at Vanderbilt from 2000-06. He led the Commodores to three consecutive NCAA Regional appearances and a pair of NCAA Championships appearances, including the program's first in 2003. He coached four All-Americans and three All-America Scholars while in Nashville.

Throughout his coaching career, McPhaul's former players have won more than $65 million in tournament earnings with 22 victories on the PGA Tour, Tour, and the PGA European Tour (Marc Turnesa and Carl Petterson of NC State; Brandt Snedeker, Luke List and Jon Curran of Vanderbilt; Harold Varner of ECU). They have combined for more than 75 major championship appearances.
McPhaul played college golf at NC State from 1991-96. A co-captain of the 1995-96 squad, he participated in three NCAA Championships (1993, 1995, 1996) and helped the Wolfpack to an eighth-place finish in 1995 and a 1996 NCAA East Regional title. He also served as an assistant coach for the Wolfpack from 1998-2000.


Van Williams
Lead Instructor and Assistant Golf Coach at NC State University

In his 3rd year as NC State Assistant Golf Coach; before that, he spent 2013-2017 in the Pac-12 conference. He was an assistant at Oregon from 2013-15 and spent 2016 as an assistant at Arizona State

In 2016 at Arizona State, Williams helped lead a Sun Devil lineup that featured three freshmen and a sophomore to an NCAA Championship berth. The Sun Devils ended the season with two tournament wins and three individuals claim medalist honors. Arizona State had three players earn All-Pac 12 honors, while Jared du Toit was a second-team All-America selection.

Williams came to ASU from Oregon, where he helped the Ducks to the NCAA team and individual (Aaron Wise) titles in 2016.

In his time at Oregon, Williams helped head coach Casey Martin develop six All-Pac-12 players and Wise became the fifth Duck to earn first-team All-America honors. He also help guide Wise (2015) and Thomas Lim (2014) to the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team, and Lim also earned Golf Coaches Association of America All-Region selection in 2014.

In his three years as an assistant at Oregon, Williams helped guide the Ducks to three NCAA Championship appearances, including the 2016 title, as well as eight total tournament titles.

Williams was the head coach at Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh from 2011-13. He led the Eagles to their first National Junior College Athletic Association ranking after the NJCAA Tournament in 2013. He also guided Ryan Gilbert to a third-place finish and the title of 2013 Region X Medalist at the NJCAA Tournament in 2013. In his first two seasons at the helm, Williams successfully recruited a pair of top-10 recruits.

In addition to his coaching experience, Williams served as a caddie for Casey Martin (2001-04) on the PGA and Nationwide tours. Martin's best finish during Williams' tenure as a caddie was a tie for third at the 2002 LaSalle Bank Open.

He was a two-sport athlete at Southeastern University (1998-2000) where he was a two-year starter for the basketball team, while also playing golf. As a member of the golf team he earned an individual medal at the Clearwater Christian College Invitational in 1999. The North Carolina native then moved to Shaw University where he helped lead the basketball team to the 2002 NCAA Division II Final Four in Evansville, Ind. During that historic season, the Bears compiled a 28-5 record, winning the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Eastern Division, the CIAA Tournament and the NCAA Division II South-Athletic Regional Championship.


Richard Sykes
Lead Instructor and former Head Coach at NC State University for 47 years

Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame Member, 1990 ACC Champions, 4 time ACCCoach of the Year, has coached 41 All- Americans and 18 Academic All Americans. N.C. State has been represented in 38 of the last 43 NCAA championships, players have won 38 major amateur tournaments including the NCAA Championship, North-SouthAmateur, Eastern Amateur, Canadian Amateur, Sunnehanna Amateur, Porter Cup Amateur,U.S. Public Links, N.C. Amateur, CGA Amateur, and represented the U.S. on WalkerCup, World Cup, and Presidents Cup teams.


Roger Watson
School Instructor

PGA Professional, NC Sports Hall of Fame Member and a golf course owner/developer. NAIA All-American at High Point University, 1974 and 1975 PGA Club Professional Champion, 1975 Carolinas Section Player of the Year, Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame member and former instructor at the National PGA Academy of Golf. Currently a Senior PGA Tour member.


The remainder of the golf school staff will be completed with PGA Professionals, current NC State golf team members, past collegiate golfers, and area college golf coaches.  Former instructors have gone on to the PGA Tour, Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour, and Champions Tour.