Vanderbilt’s Dusty Smith has been named the head men’s golf coach at Mississippi State after six record-breaking seasons with the Commodores.
Smith was named the head Bulldog coach in announcement made by Mississippi State on Wednesday after Vanderbilt’s play concluded in the NCAA Championship in Sugar Grove, Ill.
“I am so thankful for my time at Vanderbilt,” said Smith. “It has been an amazing six years, and I am forever grateful to Coach Limbaugh for giving me the opportunity to coach alongside him. It was an incredible ride. Every player that has come through the program has a special place in my heart. Janie, Ella and I are excited about the next chapter and we are looking forward to getting to work at Mississippi State.”
Smith and current head coach Scott Limbaugh ascended the men’s golf program to new heights in their tenure together on West End.
Since joining Vanderbilt in 2011, Smith has assisted the Commodores to 12 team tournament titles, with 10 players earning individual medalist honors. While at Vanderbilt, seven of his golfers earned All-America status, including three first-team selections. He also tutored 11 players to All-SEC accolades, with four earning first-team honors.
Smith and Limbaugh also had three Vandy players named to the Palmer Cup, while another was selected to play in the Walker Cup. The duo also coached the Commodores' first SEC Player of the Year (Hunter Stewart) and the program's first SEC Freshman of the Year (John Augenstein).
Stewart and another of Smith's players, Matthias Schwab, went on to earn exemptions into PGA Tour events.
The outstanding 2016-17 campaign came after the Commodores finished both 2015 and 2016 No. 4 in the final Golfstat rankings. Both of those squads finished four rounds of stroke play at the NCAA Championship in the Top 8 to advance to the match play portion of the event.
“This is an exciting time for the Smith family and a little sad for us because they have affected so many people in such a positive way here,” said Limbaugh. “We are so thankful for how they invested in our golf program while they were here and they will be missed by our entire Vanderbilt Golf Family. Kate and I are so grateful for their friendship. Coach Smith will do a great job and Mississippi State should feel very proud to have him as their next head coach.”