Kamden Brakel was hired as the Sacramento State men's golf coach in August of 2015.
A former collegiate golfer at Hawaii and a Northern California native, Brakel brings experience to the Hornets as a player and also from the private sector.
During his first year leading Sacramento State, the Hornets six top-five finishes, including victories at the Pacific Invitational and the Sacramento State Invitational. The team also posted the five lowest single-round scores in school history, including setting the record with a 271 at the Pacific Invitational. Sacramento State also set the school three-round record after totaling 837 at the Nick Watney Invitational at Fresno State.
Individually, Aaron Beverly averaged 71.83 to become the first Hornet to finish the year with a below-par average. Beverly was named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Year and advanced to the NCAA regional.
While playing at Hawaii, Brakel competed in 35 tournaments over his four-year career. He was in the lineup in at least seven tournaments each season and recorded a 69 for his lowest round. Brakel graduated with a degree in finance in 2011. He also succeeded in the classroom, earning academic all-Western Athletic Conference honors as a freshman and senior and was the team's top scholar athlete his last two years.
After graduation, Brakel worked in the insurance and wine industries before choosing to return to collegiate golf. He grew wine grapes for LangeTwins Winery and also served a labor manager for vineyard operations.
Originally from Acampo, Calif., Brakel was a league champion at Lodi High School all four years. His family is no stranger to Sacramento State as his sister, Kercia, competed for the women's golf team from 2011-14.
Kamden and his wife, Alexandra, were married in 2012. The couple welcomed their son, Declan, in May of 2016.