View John Weast's photos of the fourth day of the 2014 Carmel Cup (Photos by John Weast)
View Jeff Tuttles' photos of the Commodores at the NCAA Championship in Hutchinson, Kansas, on May 25, 2014.
The Commodores' trip to Pebble Beach and the Carmel Cup is chronicled by photographer John Weast.
2013-14: Dusty Smith joined the Vanderbilt men's golf staff in the summer of 2011 after previously serving as an assistant coach with the men's and women's golf teams at Lamar University for three seasons.
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. He also helped lead the Commodores to five team tournaments, three medalist winners, two consecutive NCAA Regional bids, and their first NCAA Championship appearance since 2007.
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.
Smith resides in Nashville with his wife Janie.
"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.
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