DAN BROOKS - ACADEMY DIRECTOR
Now in his 24th year running the Duke Academy of Golf and his 38th summer working youth golf schools, Dan Brooks is a PGA Class A Teaching Professional and the women’s golf coach at Duke University. In 38 years with the women’s team, he has led his squads to 31 NCAA Championship appearances, including national titles in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014, and 2019, as well as runner-up finishes in 2001 and 2013. The seven NCAA titles are seven of eight national championships for a female sport, and seven of 17 overall, in Duke’s history. As a coach, he holds the most national championships for any sport in school history.
His program also produced back-to-back NCAA individual champions in 2001 and 2002, another in 2005, and the fourth NCAA individual medalist in 2016. The Blue Devils have dominated the ACC during Brooks’ stint as the head coach, winning 13 consecutive ACC Championships from 1996-2008 and 21 overall. Brooks’ squads have finished the year ranked No. 1 (Golfweek) in the country seven times during his career.
A 2001 National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee, Brooks has coached 26 All-America selections, including Sarah LeBrun, Evelyn Orley, Stephanie Sparks, Kathi Poppmeier, Jenny Chuasiriporn, Beth Bauer, Kalen Anderson, Maria Garcia-Estrada, Candy Hannemann, Virada Nirapathpongporn, Leigh Anne Hardin, Brittany Lang, Anna Grzebien, Liz Janangelo, Jennie Lee, Amanda Blumenherst, Lindy Duncan, Celine Boutier, Laetitia Beck, Yu Liu, Virginia Elena Carta, Leona Maguire, Jaravee Boonchant, Gina Kim, Ana Belac, and Erica Shepherd. A total of 21 former women’s team members have gone on to play on the LPGA Tour. Two of his players, Jenny Chuasiriporn (1998) and Brittany Lang (2005), finished as the runner-up at the U.S. Open as amateurs. Brooks has been voted ACC Coach of the Year 16 times. He is also a 10-time Regional Coach of the Year and was the 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2014, and 2019 National Coach of the Year for his efforts. He ranks first in NCAA history with 140 tournament wins. Brooks was inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.
All instructors are Class A PGA Member Professionals, college coaches, and/or have extensive experience teaching at golf schools.
PAST ACADEMY INSTRUCTORS
In 2014, Emily Kuhfeld was hired as the head coach of a new women’s golf program at Georgia Southern University. After spending her first year recruiting and putting together the school's first roster, Kuhfeld led the Eagles to a fourth-place finish at the Sun Belt Championship in 2015-16, the program's first year of competition. The Eagles went on to win their first team title in 2016-17. In just five years (four years of competition) Georgia Southern took third at the 2018 Sun Belt Championship, its best finish in program history, and the Eagles placed third again in 2019. It was one of four top-5 team finishes, and Georgia Southern individuals finished in the top-10 eight times. Kuhfeld came to Statesboro from Texas Tech, where she spent three campaigns as an assistant coach for JoJo Robertson, helping guide Tech to some of its most successful seasons in program history. A native of Indianapolis, Kuhfeld earned her degree in history from Ohio State in 2005 after wrapping up her playing career. The captain of the 2004-05 squad, Kuhfeld was a four-time Academic All-Big 10 selection and helped lead the Buckeyes to the Big 10 title in each of her four seasons. Following graduation, she spent nearly two years as a professional player on the Futures Tour before moving on to caddie for Allison Hanna on the LPGA Tour. She has a background in golf instruction and is an LPGA Class A T&CP member. Following her time on tour, she worked two years as a golf instructor with both the Junior Players Golf Academy (JPGA) and at the Oyster Reef Golf Club in Hilton Head, SC.
In 2019, Ashley Sloup became the assistant women’s golf coach at Furman University in Greenville, SC. Sloup came to Furman from Northwood University in Midland, MI, where she served as an assistant coach with the Timberwolves' program. Sloup was a four-year letter winner at Winthrop. A three-time All-Big South honoree, she claimed Big South Women's Golfer of the Week accolades five times during her career. Ashley was also named to the Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team as a sophomore, junior, and senior. 2019 was Ashley’s first time coaching at the Academy and her knowledge, work ethic, and positive attitude proved to be great assets.
Dan Ruyle, a veteran collegiate golf coach for almost two decades, is presently the assistant men’s golf coach at East Carolina University. Ruyle came to ECU after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at North Carolina from 2015-17 under Coach Sapp following a 15-year stint as head men's and women's golf coach at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. He led the SU Pirates to eight NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, including three straight with the men from 2013-15. The women's team qualified for the NCAAs five consecutive seasons from 2006-10 while finishing in the top-5 from 2007-10, including a third-place finish in 2008. Ruyle's teams won five conference championships, and he was named coach-of-the-year four times. The women's team won four Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) titles, including three in a row from 2007-09, and the men shared the conference title in 2010. During his 15 years at Southwestern, Ruyle instructed eight All-Americans, including three first-team selections.
Tee Burton is the long-time and very successful head coach of both the women’s and men’s golf teams at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC. His success with both men and women makes Tee particularly suited for the Academy. He has helped many women and men attain all-conference status, and his men’s team won the NCCAA National Championship. He was a stand-out player at UNC, an All-American who was honored as one of 51 golfers named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s All-50th Anniversary Team. He continues to shoot scores in the 60s on a regular basis.
Former Assistant Men's Golf Coach at Dartmouth; former Assistant Men's Golf Coach at North Carolina; former Assistant Men's Golf Coach at Auburn; former Head Men's Golf Coach at UNC Charlotte; current Head Men's Golf Coach at Duke, Durham, NC
Jamie’s experience in coaching is substantial. He was the Assistant Men's Golf Coach at Dartmouth, Auburn, and North Carolina before taking his first head coaching job at UNC Charlotte. He is currently the Head Men's Golf Coach at Duke. Recognized as one of the premiere coaches in the country, Jamie took his UNC Charlotte team to a 3rd place finish at the NCAA DI Championship in 2007 and 8th place in 2008. Since then, in nine seasons at Duke, Jamie’s teams have qualified for NCAA Regionals eight times and advanced to the NCAA Championships on five occasions, including a national semifinal appearance in 2011. Coach Green is an excellent teacher of the game and has extensive experience instructing at golf schools.
Eddie has been with us since the beginning. He is a mainstay for our golf school. His wit, great communication skills, love of teaching, knowledge of the game, and absolute love for Duke University, make him a crucial member of our team. Eddie is a PGA Teaching Professional at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC. After playing professionally, Eddie has spent the last three decades teaching private lessons in the Greensboro area.
Vince is another camp favorite who has been with the Academy in recent years He brings great knowledge and creativity to teaching, particularly in a co-ed camp as a coach of both men’s and women’s college programs. He is the Head Men's and Women's Golf Coach at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. Coach Lazar is in his 16th season as DePauw’s head men’s and women’s golf coach and was named the National Golf Coaches Association’s Women's Division III Coach of the Year in 2002, 2004 and 2011. Additionally, he is a seven-time regional coach of the year selection. Lazar has led the women's team to 12 straight appearances in the NCAA Division III Championships including three second-place finishes and four third-place showings. In all, Lazar's women's teams have totaled nine top-five national finishes. He also led the men's team to the Division III Championships in 1999 and 2005 and was one of only four coaches NCAA history at the time to take both programs to the Division III Championships in the same season when he did so in 2005.
Former Head Men's Golf Coach at East Tennessee State; former Head Men's Golf Coach at East Carolina
Although Hal is no longer with us, his legacy lives on. Hal was an avid camp instructor for decades, traveling to many university camps summer after summer. He was an extremely successful Head Men's Golf Coach at East Tennessee State and East Carolina, earning himself a spot in the Golf Coaches’ Association of America Hall of Fame. We miss Hal, but the example he set, of total dedication to the student - no matter how hot and long the days are – will live on in our Academy.
Since golf is a Scottish game, we felt we better have a Scot in the mix! Colette is the Head Women's Golf Coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga. She has been voted the Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014. She was hired in January 2006 to resurrect a program that had lied dormant for a couple decades. In 10 seasons, her teams have won five Southern Conference Championships among 19 total team titles. Colette has been an annual instructor in our Academy almost since the beginning. She is a tireless worker in camp, making sure she expends more energy than she receives from her students. Those who are fortunate enough to be selected to her group will be impressed by her stamina. She grew up fully submerged in the game and has substantial knowledge. Also, don’t be surprised if she brings a soccer ball and initiates a few impromptu soccer games as the school progresses.
Former Head Men's Golf Coach at West Virginia Wesleyan, Buckhannon, WV
Like Hal Morrison, ‘Uncle John’ is no longer with us. He and Hal taught all of Coach Rod Myers’ schools, and then joined the Academy. John was Rod’s uncle. For decades he was the Head Men's Golf Coach at West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon, WV. We miss him dearly.
Brent is the newest addition to our list of coaches at the Academy. We hope he’ll be with us for a long time. He is a PGA Professional and also the Head Men's and Women's Golf Coach at the University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana. What he has accomplished at Indianapolis is astounding. Brent has coached the men since 2006 and the women since 2011. During that time, His teams have won a combined nine GLVC Coach of the Year honors while compiling a combined nine conference titlest. His women’s team, after four years of coaching it, won the NCAA DII National Championship in 2015, the only non-Florida team to have done so. Brent is an excellent teacher with a lot of character and tremendous passion for helping youngster to learn the game.
Brad was the Assistant Men's and Women's Golf Coach at Duke from 2004 to 2007. During that time the women’s team won three national championships. Brad then became the assistant coach at Ohio State, and now runs a very successful recruiting, mentoring and coaching service called Play Golf in College. Brad has three children, two of whom have played college golf. Brad is very familiar with what it takes to make it onto a college golf team.
Former Duke Women's Golf team member; former member of LPGA Tour
Jodi is a former Duke Women's Golf team member and former member of the LPGA Tour. She is a teaching professional at Chesapeake Golf Club in Chesapeake, VA
Allen was the first Assistant Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach at Duke, and was part of the women’s first national championship campaign in 1998. He is the former Head Men’s Golf Coach at Coastal Carolina where he coached Dustin Johnson. Currently, Allen is Director of Coaching and Managing Partner at the Dustin Johnson Golf School in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Jon was the Head Men's Golf Coach at Ohio Wesleyan before coming to Duke as the Men’s Associate Head Coach. He is now the Women’s Assistant Coach at Duke. At Ohio Wesleyan, Jon’s teams vied for the DIII NCAA Championship virtually every year of Jon’s 12 year tenure. His teams captured 8 North Coast Athletic Conference championships (7 during his final 8 seasons), and appeared in the NCAA Division III tournament 11 times, recording 7 top-10 finishes. He coached 17 All-America golfers and had 3 individuals place among the top 5 nationally, including the 2004 individual national champion, and was named NCAC Coach of the Year 7 times. He also played golf at Ohio Wesleyan, lettering 3 times and twice earning second-team All-NCAC honors. Jon has been involved with golf camps for two decades and he now is in charge of several schools through his company Elite Level Golf. Jon specializes in the short game, and in this capacity has been very helpful to the Duke Women’s Golf Team. In just his fourth season with the Blue Devils, Jon helped lead Duke to the school’s seventh NCAA Championship. Jon is the only coach in NCAA Division I to lead both a women’s (2016) and men’s (2011) program into the match play semifinals of the NCAA Championship and he has also coached both a women’s and men’s individual to an NCAA Individual Championship. Jon has coached women’s and men’s student-athletes that have gone on to win on seven of the biggest tours in the world -- LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour, Symetra Tour, PGA Tour, European Tour, Web.com Tour and Challenge Tour.
Ashley is the Men's and Women's Head Golf Coach at Barton College in Wilson, NC. Like Coach Lazar, her familiarity with coaching both men and women makes her an excellent teacher in a co-ed camp setting. Ashley played professionally before becoming a coach.
Current PGA Assistant Professional at Duke University Golf Club, Durham, NC
Tim is a PGA Professional and faculty member within the Duke Athletic Department. He teaches private lessons and has taught the physical education golf classes at Duke for well over a decade. Tim brings a wealth of teaching experience dealing with class or group situations – especially applicable for the camp environment.
Mike Brooks has been a teaching professional for nearly 30 years. He has been teaching golf camps at Duke since the 1990s -- at the original Duke Golf School and including 19 years with the Duke Academy of Golf. Mike is a PGA Teaching Professional who learned his craft as a teacher at the Academy of Golf at the Hills of Lakeway in Austin, Texas. While at the Hills of Lakeway, Mike learned from some of the best, including Mike Adams (2016 National PGA Teacher of the Year, www.mikeadamsgolf.com ), Bill Morretti (Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, www.morettigolf.com ), Mike McGetrick (1999 National PGA Teacher of the Year, mikemcgetrickgolf.com ), Dave Pelz (World renowned short game guru, www.pelzgolf.com ), and Mark Steinbauer (Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher). Mike has since developed a successful career teaching private lessons in North Carolina.
Former PGA Director of Golf at UNC Finley Golf Course
Johnny has been a wonderful recent addition to the Duke Academy of Golf. With a great sense of humor, a love for kids and teaching, and some great stories of involvement with professional golfers (including Byron Nelson and one of Johnny’s mentors, Tommy Bolt), Johnny is a natural for the camp environment. He has been a long time PGA Member professional in the local area.
Former Assistant Men's Golf Coach at Toledo
Jesse was the Assistant Men's Golf Coach at Toledo and a former player on the Division III perennially ranked Ohio Weslyan golf team. Jesse is a natural teacher, a natural leader (particularly in a camp setting), and has been an instructor at Duke golf camps for over 10 years.
Former Assistant Women's Golf Coach at Duke
Jeanne was the Assistant Women’s Golf Coach at Duke for five years and was part of Duke’s 2014 NCAA Championship campaign. She played professionally for six years before switching to the coaching ranks. Jeanne brings great energy to a school environment, along with a knowledge base obtain by working on her own game with internationally renowned teachers.
Brad has been a PGA Master Professional in Teaching since 2004. He has been with the Academy since its beginning in 1998. Before becoming a teacher, Brad played professionally, mostly in Europe. Since his playing days he has taught golf in our local area and has travelled extensively in North Carolina to teach golf to wounded soldiers. In 2008 Brad was voted the Carolina’s PGA Teacher of the Year. In 2015 he received the inaugural PGA of America National Deacon Palmer Award ‘for his special display of integrity, character and leadership…’ (Deacon Palmer was Arnold Palmer’s father). Also in 2015 Brad was a Carolinas PGA Player Development Award recipient. Brad is the owner of The Golf Zone training facility in Oxford, NC and author of the instructional book PuzzleDuck Golf: Migrate to a More Efficient Swing and Game.
Coach Anderson played her college golf at Duke and was a member of Duke’s first national championship team in 1999. She then played professionally before returning to her alma mater in 2006 to be Coach Brooks’ assistant coach. As an assistant she helped Duke win the last two of three national championships in a row, 2006, and 2007 (Duke also won in 2005). From Duke, Coach Anderson was hired as the head coach at the University of South Carolina in January 2008. In just a few short years Kalen turned the South Carolina program into a perennial contender for the national championship. Her teams have earned their way to eight national championship appearances and have won an incredible five regional championships. Kalen brings a wealth of experience to a camp setting, particularly when the topic of collegiate golf is discussed. She can share her knowledge and wisdom with respect to juggling academics at an elite school like Duke while winning a national championship. She can also share her knowledge of playing professionally on the Futures Tour (4 years). Kalen has been an integral part of championship level golf as a player, as an assistant coach, and now as a nationally contending head coach. Any aspiring collegiate player would be fortunate to spend time with Coach Anderson while in camp
In the summer of 2018, Tommy became the head women’s golf coach at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Baker, the sixth head coach in program history, arrived in Harrisonburg after serving as an assistant coach at Colorado State University for a wildly successful 2017-18 campaign. The Rams took third place at the Mountain West Championship -- their highest finish since 2010 -- and junior Katrina Prendergast set the program record for single-season scoring average. Prior to his work in Fort Collins, Baker racked up nine years of head coaching experience at the Division II level, building Coker College from a new program into a regional contender before turning Saint Leo into a top-10 program on the national stage. In four seasons at Saint Leo, Baker coached three Women's Golf Coaches' Association All-Americans. Under Baker, Saint Leo qualified for the NCAA South Super Regional in all four seasons, while the Lions earned their first-ever bid to the national championships in 2015-16, taking home a tie for fourth place. With the Lions, he also coached then-senior Marie Coors to the individual title at the 2017 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship after she spent much of 2016-17 as the top-ranked player in Division II. Coors racked up a multitude of accolades, including 2017 WGCA Division II Player of the Year, the NCAA Elite 90 Award and Honda Division II Golfer of the Year honors. At Coker, Baker coached the men's team beginning in 2008 before starting the women's program in 2010-11. Baker started his coaching career at his alma mater, UNC Pembroke, serving as an assistant coach beginning in 2006 before starting at Coker College as the head men's and women's golf coach in 2008. He earned his bachelor's degree UNC Pembroke in 2006.
In the summer of 2019, C.C. Buford was hired as the head women’s golf coach at East Carolina University. C.C. joined East Carolina after two years as the assistant women’s golf coach at Campbell University. During her two years in Buies Creek, Buford helped the Camels win consecutive Big South Conference Championships and earn a pair of NCAA Regional bids. She assisted in the development of 2018 Big South Golfer-of-the-Year Annelie Sjoholm and 2019 Big South Golfer-of-the-Year Emily Hawkins, who was also tabbed the league's Freshman-of-the Year, while tutoring eight all-conference selections. As a member of the Campbell coaching staff, Buford helped the Camels earn a final No. 23 Golfstat ranking in 2019 after finishing the year at No. 45 in 2018.
Former Head Men's Golf Coach at West Chester
Ed Cottrell – Coach Cotty is the former Head Men's Golf Coach at West Chester University in West Chester, PA. He taught at every one of Coach Rod Myers’ Duke Golf Schools before joining the Academy. In fact, Cotty taught at the first golf school at Duke, in 1974, called the Duke Golf Camp. Although Cotty is 95 years young, don’t be surprised to see him stop by the Academy to spend precious time with the campers. He has mentored many of the teachers and students who have passed through the Academy. Coach Brooks thanks Cotty for giving him his first golf camp directorship: The Kiski Golf School at Kiski Preparatory School in Pennsylvania.
Andy played his college golf at the University of Tulsa. He’s the former Head Women's Golf Coach at Old Dominion and current Assistant Women's Golf Coach at UNLV, Las Vegas, NV. Prior to coaching at Old Dominion, Andy was the Assistant Women’s Golf Coach at Texas A & M.
Jan is the former Assistant Women's Golf Coach at Duke, Kent State (her alma mater) and the University of Tennessee, former Head Women's Golf Coach at the University of Florida, and current Head Women's Golf Coach at the University of Michigan. As head coach at Florida, Jan moved her program into the top 12 nationally two of her three years; while at Michigan Jan has taken her program to heights never before seen by the program. In the last two of her four completed seasons Jan’s teams have advanced to the NCAA finals, something that had happened only once in the 37 year history of the program, and had not happened in the 14 years before Jan arrived at Michigan. Jan is a student of the game and it shows in her teaching. She is also thrilled to help students of all levels and really enjoys the opportunities afforded by a golf school.
Former Assistant Men's and Women's Golf Coach at Duke; former Head Men's Golf Coach at Notre Dame
Jim was the Assistant Professional and Assistant Men's and Women's Golf Coach at Duke, and Head Men's Golf Coach at Notre Dame. He was instrumental in bringing in key recruits for Duke’s men’s team, in particular. Jim is an excellent people person and always a favorite in a golf camp.
Kim was an excellent player at UNC Chapel Hill before turning professional. Following her playing days, she began her coaching career as the Head Men's and Women's Golf Coach at The Citadel. She then became the Head Women's Golf Coach at East Carolina before beginning her current position as Head Women’s Golf Coach at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. In her 10 completed years at Virginia, Kim teams have made nine nine NCAA finals appearances and have won two ACC Championships. Kim has been voted ACC Coach of the Year three times. Kim is a passionate teacher of the game. Her energy is very welcome in a camp setting where the days can be long and hot. Teachers are greatly influenced by those teachers who instructed them. As a player, Kim took her instruction from renowned teacher David Orr www.flatstickacademy.com. Kim is also an expert on the putting technique Aim Point
Kevin Williams, PGA member and one the most respected minds in college golf, was hired as the assistant women’s golf coach at the University of South Carolina in the spring of 2019. Prior to becoming a Gamecock, Kevin spent 22 years at East Carolina University -- 10 years with the men’s team and 17 years with the women (five years combined). From 2009-19, Kevin’s women’s teams earned berths in eight NCAA Regional Championships. In 10 seasons guiding the men, he led the Pirates to six team tournament titles. Prior to joining the East Carolina golf program in 1995, Williams was the head golf professional and director of golf operations at the Kinston (N.C.) Country Club for eight years. While at Kinston CC, Williams was active as a junior golf coordinator/teacher and a player in the Carolinas PGA Section. Williams' playing career highlights include victories in eight of the Carolina's PGA Pro-Am Championships. In addition, he also qualified for and competed in the 1989 and 1992 PGA Club Professional Championship. His career led him to get involved in the affairs of the Carolinas PGA Section, first as a member of the board of directors and later as a chairman of the tournament committee. He is an essential part of the Academy, and has been with us for many years now. Kevin thrives when he is teaching and mentoring young people.
Jason was the number 1 ranked junior and amateur player in America, and then became a standout player for Duke University, winning the ACC Championship in 1990, winning All-America status, and three-time All-ACC status. After playing professionally, he became the Assistant Men's and Women's Golf Coach at Duke, helping the women’s team win an NCAA Championship in 2002. Jason then became the Head Men's Golf Coach at UNC Wilmington. Since that time, Jason has mastered the art of instruction in not only golf but also Aikido and Tai Chi, and meditation. In recent years, Jason has returned to competitive golf, earning a spot in the 2017 PGA Tour event, The Wyndam Championship. Jason Widener understands the dynamics of powerful motion and a quiet mind – essential to striking a golf ball.
GOLF FITNESS INSTRUCTORS
Lisa is the Coordinator of Fitness and Wellness at Duke University. She was the fitness instructor for the Duke Women’s Golf Team throughout the period during which they won five NCAA Championships. Lisa is a clear communicator with a vast understanding of strength and fitness. We have been fortunate to have Lisa as part of our instructional team at the Academy.
Alex is the Sports Performance Coach for both the Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams at Duke. Alex will be a new addition to the Academy this summer. He has been an essential component of both team’s successes in recent years, including the women’s NCAA Championship campaign in 2014. Allen did his master’s degree work in applied fitness to golf driving distance.