Dirks named men's coach at New Mexico St.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Mike Dirks has been hired as the men’s coach at New Mexico State.
“Mike Dirks has certainly had a history of coaching success at several schools, including one of the premier programs in the country at the University of Houston,” said McKinley Boston, New Mexico State’s athletics director. “I am very excited that he has chosen to lead our golf program. The search committee was unanimous in support of Coach Dirks and all have pledged to help him with his transition and supporting the golf program.”
“I feel we have great tradition and a great golf program that is going in the right direction, and hopefully I can help take this team to the next level and compete in an NCAA Championship,” Dirks said.
Dirks, former head men’s coach at Sam Houston State (2005-07), Houston (1994-2003) and Tulane (1990-94), spent three years as associate head men’s coach under Jay Loar at SMU after joining the Mustangs staff in January 2008.
Under his tutelage, Sam Houston won the 2007 Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championship, and his two Sam Houston squads combined to win 12 tournament titles.
In 2005, Dirks was named Conference USA Men’s Golf Coach of the Decade. He was a three-time C-USA Coach of the Year at Houston (1997, 1998, 1999) who produced 10 All-Americans, four league individual medalists, 14 first-team All-Conference USA selections, three C-USA Freshmen of the Year and the 2003 NCAA Central Regional individual medalist.
Houston won the Conference USA men’s team championship in 1997, ’98, ’99, 2000 and ’01, and was NCAA Central Regional champion in 1997 under Dirks.
A Fort Worth, Texas, native, Dirks was a four-year golf letterman at Lamar from 1982 to 1985. He won the Southland Conference Championship in 1982 and received all-conference and honorable mention All-America honors.
Dirks replaces Scott Lieberwirth, who left the Aggies this summer to become head coach at Texas-El Paso.
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