Molitor Turns Women's Golf Team Into Quick Winner
WALLA WALLA, Wash. — It didn't take Skip Molitor very long to guide the Whitman women's golf team to its most successful season in school history.
A young Whitman squad, stocked with Molitor's first two recruiting classes, turned heads in April 2011 when it won the Northwest Conference Spring Classic.
Three weeks later, Whitman finished second at the NWC Championships to nail down second-place in the season-long standings.
Molitor, who came to Whitman in 1994 as its men's basketball coach, relinquished that post in July of 2008 to become an assistant athletic director in charge of development, community relations and club sports. To keep one foot in the coaching world, he also took the reins of the women's golf team.
"I'm very excited about coaching the women's team," Molitor said at the time. "This program has great potential for success, and it's important that it receives the time and attention it deserves."
Molitor, a native of Ephrata, Wash., earned his bachelor's degree in English and education in 1974 at Gonzaga University, where he was a two-year starter as a point guard on the basketball team. He also played four seasons of varsity golf for the Bulldogs.
"My family and I have enjoyed golf for as long as I can remember," Molitor says. "Two of my brothers attended Seattle University on golf scholarships, and I have a nephew who played professionally for a time.
"One of my cousins, Dave Molitor, was a Pac-10 champion as an Oregon State undergraduate, and he now coaches the men’s team at Idaho State."
Molitor coached men's golf at Gonzaga for one season while he finished his master's degree in guidance and counseling at the school. Later, he led a Montana girl's high school team to a state golf title.
Before coming to Whitman to coach men's basketball, Molitor was an assistant coach at five NCAA Division I schools -- Gonzaga, Washington State, Colorado State, Santa Clara, and the University of Montana. He also was the head boy's coach for five seasons at Gonzaga Prep and for three years at two Montana high schools.
Molitor and his spouse Amy, who teaches in the environmental studies program at Whitman, have two daughters -- Denali, a student at Colorado College, and Kiana, a student at Walla Walla High School.