Bearkats Looking For New Golf Coach

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Huntsville -- Mike Dirks, head golf coach at Sam Houston State University, has resigned to take a position as associate head men's golf coach at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Dirks headed both the men's and women's programs for Sam Houston the past two-and-a-half years.

Sam Houston won the Southland Conference women's golf championship in 2007. The women's team has won five other tournament titles since Dirks took over the program. The men's team has won seven tournament championships.

"I've had an exciting time here at Sam Houston State and have enjoyed my time in Huntsville. We have a group of outstanding young men and women representing this university on the golf team and I will miss them," Dirks said. "Jay Loar has offered me an exceptional opportunity at SMU. I begin there on January 21."

Dirks will leave Sam Houston on Friday, Jan. 18. Before taking over the
Bearkat golf program, Dirks served as director of Eagle Golf Instruction in Friendswood from June, 2003 until coming to SHSU. He was head men's golf coach at the University of Houston from 1994 to 2003 and at Tulane from 1990 to 1994. He directed the University of Houston men's golf team to four NCAA Division I top 10 national finishes and five Conference USA championships.

During his seasons at Sam Houston six golfers earned All-Southland
Conference honors a total of eight times. Last spring Stefani Page was named Southland Conference women's golf "Newcomer of the Year" and Beau Willis was honored as SLC men's golf "Freshman of the Year." The men's golf team produced SLC team finishes of sixth in 2006 and fourth last season.

"We appreciate Mike Dirks and his leadership of our golf program for Sam Houston State," Director of Athletics Bobby Williams said. "We wish him success in his new opportunity. Due to the timing of his departure, we are developing a plan to make sure our golf program will be able to compete at a quality level this spring, no matter when a new head coach is in place."