Tyrone Willingham is back at Stanford, where he enjoyed his most prolonged success. And he’s coaching again, too. But not in football.
After washing out as the head coach at both Notre Dame and Washington, Willingham is currently serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the Stanford women’s golf team. Reportedly, his role is to help the team members with the psychology of the game.
As acrimonious as Willingham’s departures from South Bend and Seattle were, he apparently still loves to coach despite retiring in 2010 at the age of just 56. And he was an avid golfer and golf fan even when he was still a head coach.
While it’s bizarre to hear this is what he’s up to these days, the marriage of two of his favorite pastimes makes sense.
Here’s hoping his tenure with the Cardinal women’s golf team ends better than his last football head coaching job, an 0-12 season at Washington in 2008 that led to his firing.