Fred Warren has been the head coach of ETSU’s men’s golf team since 1986. Warren has had quite an impressive golf career, spanning 38 years.
Warren got his start playing collegiate golf for UCLA before moving on to complete a master’s degree at Oklahoma State.
While there, Warren taught in the Oklahoma State Golf Schools and was an assistant coach for the school’s golf team. Warren has also taught Golf Digest Instruction Schools and North Carolina Golf Schools.
He also taught at the Georgia Academy of Golf, Purdue University and the NIKE All-Star Golf Camp.
Warren first started his coaching career at Texas Christian University. He coached both the men and women’s golf teams from 1979 to 1984. While there, he led both teams to place in the NCAA Tournament field during the same season.
Warren has won many awards during his impressive career. Among those are Southwest Conference Men’s Coach of the Year in 1980 and SWC Women’s Coach of the Year in 1983. Warren is also a member of the TCU Horned Frog Hall of Honor and is a TCU “Legend.”
Warren is now in his 30th season coaching the Bucs and continues to help the school to be recognized nationally for its golf program.
Since arriving in 1986, Warren has led the team to the top of the Southern Conference.
After his very successful 1995-96 season at ETSU, Warren was a runner-up for National Coach of the Year. Warren also holds the title of winningest men’s golf coach in SoCon history.
During his time at ETSU, the team has made 20 NCAA Regional appearances, 14 NCAA Championship appearances and had 49 team wins.
Under Warren’s leadership, the team has had 22 All-Americans, 17 All-American Scholars, 16 Conference Player of the Year honors and 9 Conference Freshman of the Year winners.
ETSU has won 18 Southern Conference championships, the most by any school, and is defending the title this spring.
Warren’s team continues to impress. Currently, ETSU is ranked No. 52 nationally by Golfstat and has placed four of 15 and six of 14 in their last two tournaments.
Junior Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Śląskie, Poland) recorded a top 10 finish at at the Mason Rudolph Championship, and seniors Adrian Meronk (Wrclaw, Poland) and Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) finished tied for 14th.
The next tournament for the men’s golf team will be the Greenbrier Invitational in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, on April 11 and 12.
Even if they do not remain Southern Conference champions, Warren expects ETSU will still qualify for NCAA Regionals in May.