Kelli Kamimura, Washington State University women’s golf coach for 13 years, announced last week she is retiring from college coaching just a year after signing a three-year contract extension.

“I have absolutely loved being the head women’s golf coach …” Kamimura is quoted in the release announcing her decision. “I am so grateful for the administrators, staff and other coaches who have been instrumental during my time at WSU. I am especially grateful for the incredible student-athletes I have been able to coach … who have deeply impacted my life.

“At this time, after careful consideration, I have decided to retire … to spend more time with my young family. WSU has been incredibly supportive of me and this decision was extremely difficult after signing a contract extension in the fall, but I have decided that my retirement is the best way to honor myself, my family, the program and WSU.”

Kamimura, hired in July 2009 as the sixth head women’s golf coach, guided the Cougars to seven tournament titles and 33 top-five finishes. Her teams hold the top nine spots in program history for season scoring average, including the 2021-22 team that ranks fourth at 298.38.

“We thank Kelli for leading our women’s golf program over the past 13 years,” director of athletics Pat Chun said. “She has elevated our program and has done extraordinary work developing our student-athletes. We appreciate her commitment to WSU and the impact she has made.”