June 29, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Matthew Grobe has been named Marshall University’s new Men’s Golf coach, Thundering Herd Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick announced Friday.
Grobe, 41, returns to Huntington after six years as the Head Golf Professional at DragonRidge Country Club in Henderson, Nev. In that capacity, Grobe served in various Board roles for the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Southwest Section of the PGA of America since 2001, including President, from 2004-07.
In 2004, he was named the Southern Nevada Chapter Golf Professional of the Year and in 2007, he captured the Bill Strausbaugh Award. He also served as the club’s Tournament Director in 2004 before leaving for year to serve as the Director of Sales at Lake Las Vegas Resort.
From 1998-2004, Grobe served as the Head Golf Professional at Rhodes Ranch Golf Club in Las Vegas after a three-year stint as the Assistant Golf Professional at Primm Valley Golf Club in Primm, Nevada.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to come back to my alma mater and take over the program that Joe has built over 40 years,” said Grobe. “I am looking forward to take what he has established in Huntington and seeing it continue to grow.”
With the Herd, Grobe replaces his former MU coach, Joe Feaganes, who retired after 40 years with the program.
“I am excited that Matt Grobe, a former Marshall golfer, has been named Marshall’s golf coach,” Feaganes said. “There were a number of fine candidates for the position, and I look forward to working with Matt during this transition period. He will do a great job.”
Grobe played for the Herd for three years (1993-95, a three-time letterman) after attending the Air Force Academy from 1989-92. Upon his 1995 Marshall graduation with a degree in Business Administration, he began his golf career at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane, before relocating to the Las Vegas area.
“I’ve known Matt and his family for a long time,” Hamrick said. “He is not only a high-quality person, but an up-and-coming professional in this business.”
Grobe and his wife, Melanie, have a daughter, Mackenzie, and a son Cameron. Matthew is also a son of Huntington native and former Marshall assistant football coach (1979-83) Jim Grobe, who has been Wake Forest’s head coach since 2001.