Thunderbird Head Coach Richard Church
Richard Church
Position: Head Coach
Phone: 435-586-7805
Richard Church is in his 17th season as head golf coach at Southern Utah University and his 21st as a member of the SUU golf staff. Church served as the Thunderbirds’ assistant coach for four seasons prior to taking over from former Coach John Evans in the fall of 2000.

During his tenure as head or assistant coach at SUU, Church has coached 20 Academic all-Americans, 36 All-Conference players, one Mid-Continent Conference medalist, two Mid-Con runners-up, three conference players of the year, two Big Sky conference runner-ups, a Summit League runner-up and the University's only two NCAA post-season competitors in golf. Church has coached the Thunderbirds to seven 2nd place finishes.

A 1989 graduate of the University of Utah, Church owns and operates the Blue Pine Motel in nearby Panguitch, Utah. He has overseen the establishment of the Southern Utah University Golf Endowment Fund and has been active in numerous political campaigns, both in Utah and in Washington D.C.

Church and his wife, Cheryl, are the parents of four children (Justin, Kyle, Josh and Breanne) and five grandchildren.