Entering his eighth year at the helm of the Pacific golf program, head coach Brandon Goethals leads a young Tiger squad towards the conference title in their final year in the Big West. For three of the last four seasons, the Tigers finished just behind the conference champion at the Big West Championships, taking home the silver medal. In their final attempt at the Big West title, the Tigers will look to finally capture the gold.
In 2011-12, the Tigers faced a rebuilding year as Pacific had just two upperclassmen on the roster. Led by their veterans and a slew of youth, the Tigers came on strong in the second half of the season as they built towards the Big West Championship tournament. Despite not finishing where they had wanted, the Tigers did see individual success at the championships as Goethals coached then-junior Alex Edfort to the Big West Individual title and a berth into the NCAA tournament.
Despite finishing in second in the Big West in 2010-11, the Tigers did hit one of their major preseason goals as Pacific advanced to the NCAA tournament with a place at the San Diego Regional. Led by a crew of upper-classmen, the Tigers just missed advancing to the championship rounds of the NCAA as they were edged out by Texas for the final spot. In addition to their work in the NCAA tournament, the 2010-11 season saw a historic performance by the Goethals led Tigers as Pacific took home their own Pacific Invitational title by a whopping 19 strokes. Pacific shot a record -25, 827 through the three day tournament, shattering the previous tournament record by 15 strokes.
In 2009-10, the Tigers continued their ascent to the top of the Big West as Pacific finished second at the Big West Championships. Throughout the year the Tigers showed glimpses of brilliance, none more so then at the Bill Cullum Invitational in October where Pacific picked up its first tournament win of the year. Additionally, Goethals helped guide Alex Johnson to his first-ever individual championship at the tournament.
Four seasons into his tenure at Pacific, Goethals firmly placed his stamp on the University of the Pacific Golf program. With his fourth recruiting class in place the Tigers jumped up to the upper echelon of the Big West, finishing second at the Big West Championships for the first time in Goethals career. In addition to their impressive finish at the end of the year tournament, the Tigers took home the Rice Intercollegiate championship for the first team tournament win under Goethals guidance.
Brandon's meticulous and demanding system has allowed for the Tigers to gain more than 50 ranking spots a year since he took over in 2005. The GolfWeek/Golf World rankings have seen the Tigers move from 200th in the country all the way into the top-50 in 2010.
In addition to stellar recruiting classes, Goethals has been the driving force behind golf in Stockton. The Tigers' collegiate tournament, the Pacific Invitational brings together 12 teams from around the country for four days of golf at Pacific's home course, Brookside Country Club. In addition to revamping the Pacific Invitational Goethals has breathed new life into the Tiger Hunt; the annual celebration of Pacific Golf with players, alumni, boosters and friends of athletics. The junior golf program in Stockton has certainly not been overlooked under Goethals. The two coaches created the Pacific Golf Academy this past summer, attended by thirty junior golfers from the across the state. The new Academy, along with the Tiger Hunt and Pacific Invitational are just a small focal point of Goethals' influence at Pacific and in the Stockton community.
In 2007-08, Brandon guided the Tigers to a nationally competitive schedule with stops in Rhode Island, Texas and Hawaii. The Tigers finished runner-up at the Del Walker Intercollegiate for their closest look at a victory in nearly a decade and then freshman TJ Bordeaux responded with an individual win in Oregon under Goethals' guidance. Pacific closed out their season with a disappointing fourth place finish at the Big West but saw Bordeaux named to the All-Big West First Team.
In 2006-07, Goethals' second season as head coach, the Tigers categorically improved in every aspect of the game. Led by perennial Academic All-American and First Team All-Big West selection Thomas Petersson the Tigers blazed their way to a record tournament at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate. The Tigers took fourth place at the Rice Intercollegiate in February and stormed their way to a third place finish at the Big West Championships to end their season. Coach led Petersson to eight top-20 finishes during the course of the year while junior Chris Rosenau cracked the top-20 three times.
Before arriving at Pacific Goethals had just completed his fourth year as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech under head coach Bruce Heppler. He helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a runner-up finish at the 2005 NCAA Golf Championships in Owings Mills, Maryland. Goethals was the assistant on Yellow Jacket teams that finished fifth (2004), 11th (2003), and second (2002 and 2005). He played a large part in recruiting the last three years, and successfully recruited four players over the course of two years that were ranked in the top 30 nationally.
Prior to his position at Georgia Tech, Brandon worked in the high-tech and e-business areas from 1997-2001. Before moving into the business world, Goethals was a member of the South African PGA Tour and played in a number of professional events in the United States following his graduation from UNLV in 1992. While with the Rebels, he played under Heppler, who was an assistant coach with the team.
A solid player and outstanding student at UNLV, Goethals was an All-Big West Conference Honorable Mention selection in 1990 as he helped the Rebels to the NCAA West Regional Championships and a second-place conference finish. In his career, he played in three NCAA Championships with UNLV, helping the team to a fourth-place finish in 1992 as a senior. His score of 292 at the Championship Golf Course in Albuquerque, N.M., was among the best 72-hole performances in school history.
Goethals finished his career as a four-time letterwinner at UNLV and was the 1992 recipient of the team's Bruce Parker Award, recognizing the team member with the highest grade point average. Goethals graduated from UNLV with a degree in communications in 1992. A native of Northern California, Goethals grew up in Redding.
Goethals resides in Stockton with his wife, Janelle, and their three children.