Head Men's Golf Coach Carter Cheves Previews Home Tournament
Carter Cheves, who spent the 2009-10 season as an assistant coach with the WCU men's program, was promoted to head coach during the summer of 2010. In June of 2013, WCU Director of Athletics, Randy Eaton, announced that Cheves' contract would not be renewed.
Cheves took over for former head coach Gorham Bradley, whom he aided through the 2009-10 season, as Bradley assumed a full-time role within the Catamount Club. He became just the third head coach since 1991, joining the likes of Bradley and WCU Hall of Famer, Johnny Wike.
Cheves came to Cullowhee as an assistant coach prior to the 2009-10 season where he worked side-by-side with Bradley, helping with daily practice plans and coordinating many aspects within the program such as team travel. He is a 2008 a graduate of UNC Wilmington where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Operations in 2008.
The Catamounts finished no higher than ninth at the Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship in three seasons under Cheves. WCU did land an individual in a NCAA regional in 2012-13 as sophomore J.T. Poston earned the program's third post-season berth as an individual all-time, finishing tied for 38th in the Tallahassee regional in mid-May, 2013.
Prior to attending UNCW, the Apex, N.C. native played two years of college golf at North Carolina State University under veteran Wolfpack head coach Richard Sykes, a member of the Coaches Association Hall of Fame. While at N.C. State, he was named a Caterpillar Scholar-Athlete.
Following his graduation from UNCW, Cheves served as the United States Golf Association (USGA) P.J. Boatwright summer intern for the Carolinas Golf Association. His long list of responsibilities included tournament coordination, rules and course set-up.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity to stay at Western Carolina University and continue with the men's golf program," said Cheves. "I look forward to working with our young men, helping them succeed both on and off the golf course."
Cheves had an accomplished prep playing career on the golf course. He helped Apex High to third place finishes at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 4-A state championship as both a junior and a senior. Cheves was a two-time all-Tri-7 Conference selection and a three-time Tri-7 Academic Scholar athlete.
Among his amateur playing accomplishments, Cheves was the 2002 Lake Hickory Junior champion, the 2004 Western North Carolina Junior champion and he was a three-time Mimosa Hills Country Club (Morganton, NC) junior club champion. His amateur career includes a made-cut and high finish at the 2005 North Carolina Amateur championship played at the CC of Asheville. He was a 2005 semifinalist at the Herald-Sun Amateur Championship in Durham, and he fired 67-73 at U.S. Amateur qualifying in 2003 to finish inside the Top 25.
Cheves comes from a golf family. His grandfather, the late Joe Cheves, was a PGA Life Member for 70 years and is a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame and the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame. Joe Cheves finished first in the 1978 PGA Seniors Championship, but lost in the ensuing playoff. He also owns the world record for shooting the most strokes under someone's age. He shot 64 at age 81 and 70 at age 87 to go 17 shots under his age.