June 9, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Donnie Darr, Ohio State head men’s golf coach since 2009, has resigned from his position and a national search for his replacement has begun.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to have coached at The Ohio State University,” Darr said. “It’s been a tremendous honor to serve this university and community the past six years, but now is the right time to move on and pursue other interests. I’m proud of this program’s growth and enjoyed every moment I spent with the student-athletes. I truly believe this team is poised for great success next season and the years to come.”
“As I start a new chapter in my life, I’d like to thank Jane and Walt Dennis and Cindy and Bruce Cassidy for their support and granting this program the finest indoor facility in college golf. I also want to thank Gene Smith for allowing me to coach at this great institution.”
Darr’s charges qualified for the NCAA Regionals four times, including each of the past two seasons. In 2010-11, the Darr-led Buckeyes not only advanced to the NCAA Championships but also moved into the match play portion after placing sixth in 54 holes of stroke play.
“Coach Darr has been a tireless worker during his time guiding our men’s golf program,” Martin Jarmond, executive associate A.D. and men’s golf sport administrator, said. “His work ethic has been second-to-none. Coach Darr’s dedication to developing our student-athletes academically has been tremendous. His vision helped shape the Jane and Walt Dennis Golf Performance Center construction, leaving a lasting impression on Ohio State Men’s Golf.”
Darr posted an overall head-to-head record of 523-357-14 (.593) while in Columbus. The Buckeyes were crowned tournament champions six times during the Darr Era. Individually, Darr oversaw eight All-Region and five All-Big Ten performers. He was also responsible for the recruitment and development of Grant Weaver, the 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Academic success was gained under the tutelage of Darr as well, evidenced by Ohio State Men’s Golf earning an NCAA Public Recognition Award in 2013-14, given to programs scoring in the top-10 percent of the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR). In addition, Darr’s student-athletes racked up 41 Academic All-Big Ten recognitions in six seasons.