Dan York

Wallace State golf coach Dan York
Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach

Wallace State golf has been in good hands under the guidance of coach Dan York since 1987.

York, a Cullman native who enters his 30th season with the Lions in 2017, has led his men’s golf teams to 13 conference/region championships (1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2016), and the Lions have also made 21 NJCAA national tournament appearances in that time span, finishing national runner-up in 2014, 1996 and 1993 and third in 1995.

Behind York and NJCAA All-Americans Sylas Elliott and Eli Marty, Wallace State’s men golf captured their third consecutive ACCC/Region 22 title in April 2016 and 13th overall, convincingly winning the tournament by 14 strokes. A couple of weeks later, Wallace State qualified for the national tournament with a runner-up finish at the NJCAA District 4 tournament in Cullman, and the Lions finished ninth in the nation at the NJCAA Division I national championship in Florida, two years after being national runner-up for the third time.

Wallace State golf is always in strong hands with York at the helm, and the 2010 season was among to one of his most memorable years. York was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame that season, and his team finished ninth in the nation as the Lions co-hosted the NJCAA National Tournament at Huntsville’s Hampton Cove.

In July 2010, his team was also named the top NJCAA Academic Team of the Year after compiling a nation-best 3.53 GPA. It was the third time the golf team earned the NJCAA top billing for its sport (2003-04, 2005-06, 2009-10).

York, a Cullman County HOF member, has produced 17 NJCAA All-Americans and 28 Academic All-Americans.

At Wallace State, York has coached PGA Tour player and Ryder Cup member Brett Wetterich and PGA Tour member Fredrick Jacobson, who won the Travelers Championship in June 2011 to collect his first PGA Tour victory. Jacobson, a Sweden native, won three events on the European Tour during his pro career before joining the PGA Tour in 2003.

In 2013, Aksel Olsen earned the Arnold Palmer Award as the nation’s low medalist at the national championships, marking the first individual national title in Wallace State men’s golf history under York. Cooper Brown repeated the impressive repeat in 2014.

Others coached by York include: Gary Christian and Jonathan Frickie (Nationwide Tour) and Ian Steel and Michael Lundberg (European Tour).

Country music star Kip Moore also played golf at Wallace State before pursuing a music career.

Women’s golf 

York became the inaugural women’s golf coach in 2015 as Wallace State debuted the program to its athletic offerings.

The Wallace State women finished 12th in the nation in 2016 during their inaugural campaign. The team was made up of: Abbi Yeager (Fairview), Leigh Allison Reeves (Boaz HS), Ashley McCormick (Southside), Chloe Kraus (Olathe Northwest HS in Kan.), Madison Autwell (Glencoe), Taylor Ruehl (Cullman) and Makayla Smith (Lexington).