Ohio State names Darr head coach

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Donnie Darr will leave Oklahoma St. behind and lead the Buckeyes in 2009-10.

Donnie Darr will replace a legend.

Ohio State University announced Saturday that Darr will coach the Buckeyes in the fall, taking over for Jim Brown, who retired in the spring after 36 years in Columbus.

Darr returns to Ohio, his home state, after three seasons as Oklahoma State’s assistant coach. While with the Cowboys, the team extended their record of consecutive NCAA Championship appearances to 63, while placing fourth in 2008 and advancing to the match play this season. Darr also helped recruit Rickie Fowler, the 2008 College Player of the Year, and Morgan Hoffmann (pictured, right), the ‘09 Freshman of the Year.

“It is a huge honor to be chosen as the next head coach of the Ohio State men’s golf team and to follow a legend like coach Jim Brown,” Darr said. “Ohio State University has a rich tradition in college golf and I am eager to build on it.”

Prior to Oklahoma State, Darr was head coach at the University of Akron (2005-06), an assistant at Oklahoma (2004-05), and associated head coach of the men’s and women’s teams at Kent State (2002-04), his alma mater.

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