Most recently, Cheves spent four-and-a-half years at Western Carolina with the men’s golf program, the last three serving as the head coach. During his time at WCU, Cheves had an individual qualify for the NCAA Regionals, as then-sophomore J.T. Poston earned the program's third post-season berth as an individual all-time, finishing tied for 38th in the Tallahassee regional in mid-May, 2013. Also during his time at WCU, he started the program's first ever alumni reunion, advanced the team's ranking over 70 spots in three years as head coach and had his teams maintain better than a 3.0 cumulative GPA in his tenure.
“It’s great that Coach Cheves was able to join the program mid-year,” Forbes said. “His coaching and recruiting experience will be a valuable asset to the team.”
“I am excited about the opportunity to join the James Madison golf program”, Cheves said. “The facilities here are first class and the program is headed in a great direction under Coach Forbes. I look forward to helping the program reach new levels of success.”
Following his graduation from UNCW, Cheves served as the United States Golf Association (USGA) P.J. Boatwright summer intern for the Carolinas Golf Association. His long list of responsibilities included tournament coordination, rules and course set-up.
Cheves had an accomplished prep playing career on the golf course. He helped Apex High to third place finishes at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 4-A state championship as both a junior and a senior. Cheves was a two-time All-Tri-7 Conference selection and a three-time Tri-7 Academic scholar-athlete.
Among his amateur playing accomplishments, Cheves was the 2002 Lake Hickory Junior champion, the 2004 Western North Carolina Junior champion and he was a three-time Mimosa Hills Country Club (Morganton, N.C.) junior club champion. His amateur career includes a made-cut and high finish at the 2005 North Carolina Amateur championship played at the Country Club of Asheville. He was a 2005 semifinalist at the Herald-Sun Amateur Championship in Durham, and he fired 67-73 at U.S. Amateur qualifying in 2003 to finish inside the Top 25.
Cheves comes from a golf family. His grandfather, the late Joe Cheves, was a PGA Life Member for 70 years and is a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame and the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame. Joe Cheves finished first in the 1978 PGA Seniors Championship, but lost in the ensuing playoff. He also owns the world record for shooting the most strokes under someone's age. He shot 64 at age 81 and 70 at age 87 to go 17 shots under his age.