Kent, OH

VanDamme as head of Kent State Women's golf coach

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Kent, OH - On Friday, August 13th, Kent State University has chosen Casey VanDamme as the head women's golf coach. He is the fourth coach in the program's 23-year history. VanDamme comes to Kent State after serving as the head coach of South Dakota State's men's and women's golf programs for seven years.

"We are thrilled to welcome Casey to our Golden Flashes' family," said Kent State's Director of Athletics Randale L. Richmond. "He brings a strong track record of success as both a head coach at South Dakota State and as an assistant at Tennessee."

Richmond went on to say that he believes VanDamme has what it takes to maintain Kent State's tradition of women's golf excellence.

VanDamme led the men's team to two Summit League titles in 2016 and 2017, as well as two Coach of the Year accolades in 2016 and 2017. As for the women's side, he helped re-write the women's golf record book, setting the program record in tournaments for 18, 36, and 54-hole scoring.

Before being appointed as the South Dakota State's second full-time golf coach, VanDamme spent five seasons as the University of Tennessee's men's program's director of instruction and player development.

During that time, Tennessee won its first Number one ranking in program history and appeared in the NCAA tournament in each of the five seasons, including three appearances in the NCAA finals.

VanDamme began his collegiate golf career at Marquette University and finished at Northern Michigan University. In 2003 and 2004, he played professionally on the Hooters Tour after graduating from Northern Michigan in 2000.

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