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Top-ranked Vanderbilt men's golf preps for elite field at East Lake
Tom Shaw and Vanderbilt will part ways after his six years as Vanderbilt's head men's golf coach. Shaw remains under contract until June 30.
View John Russell's photos from the final round of the NCAA men's golf regional on May 18, 2016.
Photos from the 2016 Mason Rudolph Championship at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. (Photos by John Russell)
Images from the second round of the Tavistock Collegiate on October 19, 2015 (Photos by Todd Drexler)
View John Russell's photos from the 2015 Mason Rudolph Men's Championship.
Photos from the final round of the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational (Photos by Todd Drexler)
2015-16: Dusty Smith joined the Vanderbilt men’s golf staff in the summer of 2011. Smith had previously served as an assistant coach with the men’s and women’s golf teams at Lamar University for three seasons before his arrival in Nashville.
Smith is the Commodores’ recruiting coordinator and is in charge of the annual Vanderbilt Golf Camp at Legends Club every summer and also spearheads Vanderbilt’s golf fundraiser, Vanderbilt Golf Day, every spring.
Smith has coached six All-Americans at Vanderbilt, including first-team All-American and 2015 SEC Player of the Year Hunter Stewart and 2016 First-Team All-American Matthias Schwab, and has helped head coach Scott Limbaugh lead the Commodores to unparalleled heights as a program. Vanderbilt has finished fourth in 2015 and 2016 in the final Golfstat rankings, and in both seasons, the Commodores advanced to match play at the NCAA Championship. Both appearances marked the best-ever finish at the championship and the program’s first foray with match play, which pits the top eight teams from the four-round stroke-play competition. In all, Vanderbilt has won 10 team titles and nine medalists since his arrival on the Commodore staff.
Smith, a former Ping All-American, served as an assistant coach with the men’s and women’s golf teams at Lamar, his alma mater.
During Smith’s three years at Lamar, the Cardinals men’s team won the 2009 Southland Conference Championship and finished second in 2011, advancing to the NCAA Regional at Virginia Tech in May. Smith helped lead eight men’s golfers to the All-Southland Conference team during his tenure, and also coached Southland Conference Player of the Year M.J. Daffue in 2011.
The Lady Cardinals picked up six tournament victories in his tenure at Lamar, and finished second in the 2011 Southland Conference Tournament. Five Lady Cardinal golfers earned All-SLC honors, with Therese Nilsson (2009) and Stine Pedersen (2011) being named the SLC Academic Student-Athlete of the Year for women’s golf.
“I’m very excited and this is a great opportunity for me,” said Smith. “It was hard to leave my alma mater, and Lamar is, and will always be, a very special place to me. But, to get an opportunity to coach at an outstanding institution like Vanderbilt and in a great conference like the SEC was too good for me to pass up.”
A native of The Woodlands, Smith earned honorable mention Ping All-America honors as a junior at Lamar after tying for 10th at the NCAA Championships. The following year, Smith earned All-Southland Conference honors for the third time as Lamar finished third at the NCAA Championships.
Smith, who helped The Woodlands High School win the 2002 Class 5A state championship, is a 2007 graduate of Lamar with a degree in business administration.
Smith resides in Nashville with his wife Janie and daughter Adella Jane, who was born in June of 2016.