Ducks tab Martin as new Golf Coach

The University of Oregon today announced that Casey Martin would assume the duties of head golf coach. Martin a former touring pro on the PGA circuit will take over from the retiring coach Steve Nosler.

"The thought of building a nationally competitive golf program for the University of Oregon is simply thrilling to me," said Martin in a release posted on the University's official Athletic Department web site, goducks.com. "Having been raised in Eugene, I possess an intense passion for all athletic programs at the University of Oregon."

Martin, 33, is a graduate of Stanford University but grew up in Eugene and has been a life-long Duck fan.

The new coach may be as well known for his court battle with the PGA Tour over the right to use a golf cart in competition as he is for his play as a professional. He suffers from a birth defect in his right leg known as Klippel-Trenauany-Weber Syndrome, a congenital circulatory disorder. Martin won the right to use a golf cart under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, in a case against the PGA that was eventually heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1998, Martin won the Ben Hogan Award as the competitor who continued to be active in golf despite a physical handicap. Nike began an annual award in 2001, the Casey Martin Award that recognizes disable athletes.

While at Stanford, Martin was a teammate of Tiger Woods and in 1994 Martin was on the NCAA team golfing champion.

Martin has been serving as the Ducks' volunteer assistant coach since the beginning of the 2006 spring season.

Nosler will remain on staff in the Athletic Department involved in fund raising.

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