BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan College and Director of Athletics Randy Tenney is pleased to announce that James D. (J.D.) Lamm has been named the new head coach of the men's and women's golf teams.
Lamm arrives at West Virginia Wesleyan after working the last four years as the assistant golf professional at The Old North State Club in New London, N. C.
The Old North State Club is ranked as the fourth best private golf course in North Carolina and is primarily known for hosting the men's ACC Golf Championship each year.
At the Old North State Club, Lamm provided golf swing instruction to club members, headed up multiple junior golf camps and assisted in the scoring of tournaments including the ACC Championship.
Lamm is a 2013 graduate of Pfeiffer (N.C.) University where he earned his degree in Sports Management and a minor in Athletic Coaching.
He was a four-year varsity member of the Pfeiffer University golf team.
He served one season as a volunteer assistant golf coach under head coach Elliot Gealy at Pfeiffer from 2013-2014 and was named the assistant golf coach at his alma mater under head coach David Gianferante during the 2015 spring season.
Lamm said it was his desire to return to collegiate golf that led him to the Wesleyan coaching opportunity.
"I have known for a while now that I eventually wanted to get back into college golf coaching," Lamm remarked. "When I saw that the assistant's job was open at West Virginia Wesleyan I thought that it might be a good fit for me. When the head coaching job became available I knew it was an opportunity that I couldn't pass on."
The game has been a passion of Lamm's from an early age, as his father David Lamm, is also golf professional.
"I had a golf club in my hand before I could barely stand," Lamm stated. "Growing up as a golf professional's son and learning under Coach Gealy has allowed me to develop awareness of the technical and strategic aspects of the game of golf. My life is golf. More specifically, teaching the golf swing. My dad was very technical about the golf swing. So from an early age I gained an extensive knowledge about the game of golf and how to help people play better. I believe that my knowledge of the golf swing, along with my experience as a golf professional, will help me take both the men's and women's golf teams to a higher level."
Lamm believes there is no such thing as one correct way to swing a golf club.
"The variety of golf swings on the PGA Tour proves this," Lamm said. "However, they all look the same at impact and all think similarly around the course. Teaching these young athletes about course management and how to correctly think their way around a golf course is always my top priority."
Lamm will inherit a men's team that finished fourth out of 12 at the Mountain East Conference Spring Classic at the Edgewood Country Club in Charleston. The women placed seventh out of eight at the same tournament.
"I have set an individual goal and a team goal for the upcoming season," Lamm remarked. "Individually, I want to take each golfer and make them a better player than last year. Our team goal is to win the Mountain East Conference."
Lamm feels his past experiences as a player, coach and golf pro will benefit him in his new endeavor at Wesleyan.
"The knowledge about the game of golf that I have acquired through my coaching experiences, as well my job as a golf professional, have prepared me to succeed in serving both West Virginia Wesleyan and its student athletes," Lamm stated. "I feel that I have the qualities necessary to foster students in both their athletic and academic achievements."
Wesleyan had five men's and women's golfers land on the MEC All-Academic Team with a 3.7-4.0 GPA and five more make the MEC Commissioners' Honor Roll for a GPA between 3.25 and 3.69 last fall.
Lamm will officially start his new position on August 1, a date he is eagerly anticipating.
"I am not the type of person who enjoys a big city life," Lamm concluded. "So the small town of Buckhannon seems perfect to me. It reminded me a lot of the town of Misenheimer where Pfeiffer University is located. I am extremely excited about the opportunity that I have been given to coach the men's and women's teams at West Virginia Wesleyan. If we can improve in practice and in tournament preparation, we will reach our goals."