Dirk Fennie is entering his second year with the Spartans after joining the UNCG men's golf program as an assistant coach in 2018. Fennie spent the previous year as a volunteer assistant coach for the women’s golf program at Appalachian State and coached for eight years at nearby Greensboro College for both the men’s and women’s program where he won a DIII National Championship in 2010-11 on the men’s side.
In the eight years at Greensboro College, Fennie led the program to five national championship appearances for the men’s team. His teams finished fourth in 2017, 11th in 2010 and 2013 and 12th in 2012. When his squad won the national championship in 2011, he won the Dave Williams Award honoring the National Coach of the Year. His team next year won the 2012 USA South Conference Championship for the first time since 2002. He recruited, coached and mentored 11 All-Americans, nine All-American Scholars and the 2017 Phil Mickelson DIII National Freshmen of the Year, Grant Powell who transferred to UNCG before the spring season this past year.
His 2012-13 squad was named DIII Academic National Champions with the highest GPA average among all programs in the country. In 2015 he saw the first athletic endowment in Greensboro College history for the golf programs in which Fennie helped facilitate. Fennie served on the NCAA regional golf committee and USA South Conference Chair.
The women’s program was introduced at Greensboro College in 2011. Fennie successfully recruited and maintained the program for six seasons. In addition to serving as both men’s and women’s golf coach, he was the assistant sports information director for the school from 2009-12 and then assistant athletic director for the rest of his tenure.
Prior to arriving at Greensboro College, Fennie had been a volunteer assistant to GCAA Hall of Fame coach Jack Jensen at Guilford.
As a player, Fennie was the 1999 North Carolina Amateur Champion. He also represented North Carolina at several Tar Heel Cups and Carolina-Virginia team matches. Fennie has played in two US Amateur Championships, two US Mid-Amateurs, two US Public Links Amateurs (2004 Quarterfinalist), a US Junior Amateur and the British Mid-Amateur.
Fennie played at Campbell for two years, where he was the Big South Conference Medalist, conference player of the year, a two-time All-Conference, a team MVP and winner of three tournaments in a one-month span.
Fennie then spent the last two years of his playing career at Colorado for GCAA Hall of Fame coach Mark Simpson, helping the Buffaloes to two NCAA regionals. As a player, Fennie also worked with legendary sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella from the University of Virginia.
Fennie's wife, Debbie, graduated from UNCG in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Architecture.