Former Michigan State assistant coach Lorne Don has been named the fifth head coach in Tulane women's golf history.
July 12, 2013
New Orleans - Tulane University Director of Athletics Rick Dickson announced today the hiring of Lorne Don as the Green Wave's new head women's golf coach. Don becomes the fifth head coach in the 24-year history of the Tulane women's golf program.
Don, 33, brings 14 years of experience as a coach or player to the Green Wave program. He comes to Tulane from Michigan State, where he spent the last 10 seasons as the assistant coach for the Spartans women's golf team.
"We are very pleased to have Lorne and his family join Tulane Athletics," Dickson said. "Throughout the search process, his impressive work in all phases of helping build his former program into a consistent national contender, along with his dedication and longevity were traits that stood above the rest. We look forward to Lorne sustaining and enhancing the success of our golf program."
Don will take over a Green Wave program coming off the best season in school history with a ninth place finish at the NCAA Championships, a runner-up effort at the NCAA East Regional, a Conference USA title and a final national ranking of No. 13. Tulane returns four letterwinners, including three all-conference performers, and will feature a pair of newcomers for the 2013-14 campaign. Over the past five seasons, the Green Wave has won three C-USA titles, made five regional appearances and advanced to the NCAA Championships three times.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to lead such an outstanding program and become a part of the Tulane family," Don said. "I would like to thank Rick Dickson, Sue Bower and the search committee for giving me this opportunity. Tulane golf has a history of success, first under Sue Bower, and the five years since the program was re-instated. The team plays at a high level and has four great players returning and two outstanding incoming freshmen. Tulane had everything I was looking for in becoming a first-time head coach. My family and I are very excited about living in New Orleans and becoming part of the community."
During his time in East Lansing, Don helped MSU to 19 tournament wins, six NCAA Championship appearances, 10 consecutive NCAA Regional berths and three Big Ten titles. Michigan State tied Tulane for ninth place at the 2013 NCAA Championships, which marked the Spartans highest finish at the national championships, and Don helped guide MSU to a school-best third-place effort at the 2004 NCAA Regionals. Michigan State never finished outside the top three teams in the Big Ten during his tenure.
Individually, he assisted in the recruitment and coaching of four golfers, who earned All-America honors a combined seven times, and 13 different golfers earned All-Big Ten Conference honors on 21 occasions. Two Spartan golfers achieved Big Ten Player of the Year honors and five golfers were tabbed the MSU Female Athlete of the Year.
Off the course, Don helped 21 golfers achieve Women's Golf Coaches Association Scholar All-American status and five MSU golfers represented their respective country at the World University Games.
Along with his coaching duties at Michigan State, Don also directed two nationally competitive Division I golf tournaments, including the Mary Fossom Invitational (East Lansing, Mich.) and the Central District Invitational (Parrish, Fla.). He also played a role in hosting the 2007 Big Ten Championship was the annual co-director of the Spartan Golf Classic and Spartan Golf Camps.
Before he entered the coaching ranks, Don was a four-year member of the Spartan men's team from 1999-2003. He earned MSU's Best First-Year Player award in 1999-2000 and received MSU's Leadership Award during his senior campaign in 2002-03.
Prior to his arrival at MSU, Don was a four-year starter at Lawrence Park High School in Toronto, Ontario. Lawrence Park was undefeated all four years Don was a member, also winning the Toronto City Championship each year. Don won the individual city title in 1996 and 1997 and served as the team captain in 1997 and 1998. He also played hockey in high school, serving as the team captain as a senior.
In addition, he won the 1998 AGJA Canadian Junior title. He finished tied for eighth at the 1999 Western Junior Championship and placed third at the 1998 Ontario Golf Association Junior Tournament.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Don received his bachelor's degree in general management from Michigan State in May 2004.
Don and his wife, Erin, were married on July 5, 2008. The couple has twins, Carter and Rosalie, who were born on June 27, 2010.
THE Lorne Don FILE
Age: 33 (June 8, 1980)
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Son: Carter (3)
Daughter: Rosalie (3)
Bachelor's degree in general management, Michigan State University, 2004
A member of the Michigan State University men's golf team from 1999-2003
As an Assistant Coach
Year School Conference Finish Postseason 2004 Michigan State (3rd) Big Ten (3rd) NCAA Regional/(24th) NCAA Champs. 2005 Michigan State (3rd) Big Ten (7th) NCAA Regional/(17th) NCAA Champs. 2006 Michigan State (3rd) Big Ten (9th) NCAA Regional 2007 Michigan State (1st) Big Ten (8th) NCAA Regional/(16th) NCAA Champs. 2008 Michigan State (2nd) Big Ten (11th) NCAA Regional 2009 Michigan State (2nd) Big Ten (5th) NCAA Regional/(t-13th) NCAA Champs. 2010 Michigan State (2nd) Big Ten (10th) NCAA Regional 2011 Michigan State (1st) Big Ten (11th) NCAA Regional 2012 Michigan State (1st) Big Ten (t-6th) NCAA Regional/(20th) NCAA Champs. 2013 Michigan State (3rd) Big Ten (8th) NCAA Regional/(t-9th) NCAA Champs. Total 10 seasons 3 Big Ten Titles 10 NCAA Regionals/6 NCAA Champs.
Caroline Powers, Michigan State (three-time All-America)
Laura Kueny, Michigan State (two-time All-America)
Sara Brown, Michigan State (All-America)
Allison Fouch, Michigan State (All-America)