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     Richard Sykes
    Richard Sykes

    Assistant AD/Golf Operations



    Former Golfers Return For State Cup

    PGA Tour players Tim Clark and Garth Mulroy highlight a field of more than 50 former men's and women's golfers at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course.

    Four-time ACC Coach of the Year (2000, 1990, 1988, 1982)

    Inducted into the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001

    One of the most respected and successful men's golf coaches in the NCAA, Richard Sykes continues to build the excellence and tradition of Men's Golf at NC State. Entering his 39th year as head coach of the Wolfpack, Sykes has guided the men's golf program into the national rankings and national prominence on an annual basis. Leading NC State to postseason NCAA play nearly every season, Sykes always has and always will deflect the credit for the team's success to his players.

    For his accomplishments at the helm of the Pack, Sykes was selected into the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001 by the Golf Coaches Association of America. A four-time ACC Coach of the Year, Sykes was bestowed the honor in 2000, 1990, 1988 and 1982.

    During the 1989-90 season, Sykes guided the program to its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. Along with that long-awaited team title came ACC Coach of the Year and District III Coach of the Year honors as well.

    The Wolfpack's successful golf fortunes go beyond the conference level as well. NC State has been represented in the NCAA Championship in 31 of Sykes' 39 years as head coach, finishing among the nation's elite for over three decades. In 2009, Sykes coaches Matt Hill to the NCAA Championship, NCAA Regional Championship, and co-ACC Championship.

    Sykes has coached six ACC Champions, two ACC Players of the Year, two ACC Rookies of the Year, 42 All-ACC selections and 29 All-Americans. Sykes was also elected as the coach of the West squad in the 1999 East-West All-Star matches. Sykes has also seen many former players enjoy solid professional golf careers, including Tim Clark, Carl Pettersson, Marc Turnesa, Garth Mulroy, Hank Kim, Jeff Lankford, Kelly Mitchum, Vance Heafner, and Justin Walters.

    Clark, one of Sykes' most successful protege's, was one of 12 international players selected to compete in the 2003 President's Cup against the Americans and again in 2005.

    A Class A member of the PGA, Sykes was the head pro at Wendell Country Club in Wendell, N.C. before coming to NC State. Sykes is a 1968 graduate of NC State, where he earned his degree in Recreation and Parks Administration. Sykes was a member of the freshman track team while at NC State. He was also on the men's varsity golf team for the 1965-66 season.

    Sykes carries the title of Assistant Athletics Director for Golf Operations at NC State and is overseeing the start and completion of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course, NC State's home golf course set to be completed in Spring 2009, and also the on-campus short game facility. A former member of the National Advisory Board for the Golf Coaches Association of America, Sykes has served on the NCAA Selection Committee and has been the chairman as well.

    One of Sykes' greatest accomplishments has been the progress of NC State's new, on-compus golf course. The Lonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State was designed by legend Arnold Palmer's Course Design Company, and opened play in 2009.

    Married to the former Pam Manning of Zebulon, the Sykes have four children: David, Rick, Paige and Stacy and five grandchildren: Alison, Cody, Samantha, Jack and Eddie.

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