Head coach Joe Feaganes is entering his 40th year at the helm of the Thundering Herd golf program. Under Feaganes, Marshall has enjoyed great success and earned a reputation for excellence across the nation.
Under Feaganes' leadership, the Marshall golf program has always been competitive in its conference and has even attained national recognition and respect throughout the world of collegiate golf.
Feaganes, who is the Director of Golf and head men's coach, was the head women's golf coach during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, when Marshall reinstated the women's program which was discontinued after the 1982-83 season. He has also served the athletic department in a number of other capacities as well; he was the first Big Green Executive Director from 1977-86, and an Assistant/Associate Athletic Director from 1986-92 (duties included compliance, team travel for football and basketball, home game administration, and facilities).
Feaganes' contributions to collegiate golf have not gone unnoticed. In January of 1999, Feaganes was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Hall of Fame at the organization's annual convention in Orlando, Fla. He was president of the GCAA in 2003 and 2004, and a member of the GCAA National Advisory Board from 1998-2006. He was Conference USA's representative on the GCAA Coaches Congress for the past two years.
In October 2000, the veteran head coach and former Marshall golfer received yet another honor, when he was inducted into the Marshall University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Feaganes, who was Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 1992, was chairman of the NCAA National Golf Committee from 1985-1990. Feaganes was chosen as coach of the United States team in the annual USA vs. Japan collegiate all-star matches held in December of 1985 in Tokyo, Japan. He also served for two years on the NCAA District III Golf Advisory Committee and four years as chairman of the District IV Committee. Feaganes has served on the Southern Conference Golf Committee, the Mid-American Conference Golf Executive Commitee and the NCAA/USGA Collegiate Relations Committee.
In addition to this, Feaganes has served as team leader for the United States team in the 2000, 2001, and 2002 U.S./Japan Matches. He has also been the assistant coach/team manager for the U.S. Palmer Cup Team (2003 and 2004), and in 2005, was the Tournament Director for the Palmer Cup. The Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-type competition between U.S. Collegiate All-Americans vs. European college players.
Feaganes posted impressive credentials while playing golf for the Thundering Herd from 1964-66. He was captain in both his junior and senior years, and won the Mid-American Conference individual crown in 1966 while leading the Herd to a team championship. After graduating from Marshall in 1967 with a B.A. degree in Physical Education and Speech he continued to remain active in amateur golf. He qualified for the 1968 U.S. Amateur, and in 1975 was the runner-up in the West Virginia Amateur. He was also named to the Virginia's team in the 1975 Virginia's vs. Carolina's team matches.
Feaganes was born and spent his grade school years in Catlettsburg, Ky., but graduated from Huntington Vinson High School in 1962. Aside from being an outstanding high school golfer, Feaganes also lettered in football, basketball and track. He was a high school football and basketball official for 17 years, officiating many West Virginia state playoff games.
Feaganes has two daughters: Jodi Ann (Mrs. Bundy McGinnis) and Jill Marie. Both are Marshall graduates. He is married to the former Diane Nelson Walker and has a granddaughter Maddie (11) and a grandson Jackson (9). He also has two step-sons: Michael (Jodie) Walker and Mac (Rachel) Walker, and a step-daughter: Sara Von Wulffen (Odo). He also has three step-granddaughters: Kolbey and Jamison Walker, Kylie Seaton, and Juliana Von Wulffen and two step-grandsons: Max and Nikolaus Von Wulffen.