Men's and Women's Golf Teams Get New Coach
Devon Brouse is new head coach and director of golf operations.
March 18, 1998
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Devon Brouse, currently North Carolina's golf director and men's golf coach, will join Purdue on July 1 as Director of Golf Operations and Head Coach of the men's and women's golf teams. Brouse, a 1971 Purdue graduate, will assume responsibilities for Purdue's golf operations just as the new Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex is being completed.
"We got the person we wanted," said Morgan Burke, Purdue's Athletic Director. "Being able to hire a person of Devon's stature signals a continued commitment on Purdue's part to build a nationally prominent athletic program. With the redesigned Kampen Course and a world-class facility, Devon is the right person to continue to raise our golf courses and programs to the top level."
An Indianapolis native and 1967 Decatur Central High School graduate, Brouse, 48, built North Carolina into one of the country's most respected collegiate golf programs. Now in his 21st season, Brouse's teams have competed in 18 NCAA Championships, finishing in the top 10 and 20, 10 and 16 times, respectively. Brouse's squads also have captured six Atlantic Coast Conference crowns.
In addition, Brouse has been ACC Coach-of-the-Year three times, most recently in 1995. He has coached six ACC individual champions and nine All-America selections, including three-time All-Americans Frank Fuhrer (1979-81), John Inman (1982-84) and Davis Love (1983-85).
For Brouse and his wife, Kathy, the move to Indiana is a return home. Both are Purdue graduates and met on the West Lafayette campus. Brouse left Purdue with an agronomy degree, studying turf management under the tutelage of Dr. Bill Daniel. Before heading to North Carolina, Brouse spent two years in Indianapolis, serving as assistant director for the city's municipal golf system.
At Purdue, Brouse inherits a men's team which has had recent success, placing second in the Big Ten in 1995. The women's program recently finished first at the Snowbird Invitational (for the second straight year) and last spring made its first appearance in an NCAA Regional. In addition to coaching responsibilities, Brouse will direct Purdue's Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. The jewel of the complex is the redesigned Kampen Course, which will open around July 1. Designed by the legendary Pete Dye, the course has been a collaborative effort between Purdue's athletic department and turf management program. Many Purdue students have done the actual work of sculpting the course into its present shape under the direction of Dye.
"Devon is the perfect fit," said Nancy Cross, Purdue's assistant athletic director with oversight of golf programs and operations. "His background in golf operations, administration and coaching is exactly what we were seeking. It will be a privilege for our student-athletes to learn from someone with his record of accomplishment, his understanding of what it takes to win at the national level and his commitment to excellence on and off the course."
"Obviously, it was a difficult decision to leave North Carolina after 25 great years," stated Brouse, "but the fantastic new facilities, Morgan Burke's pro-active leadership and Purdue's unquestionable commitment to excellence are tremendous motivators. My family and I are excited to have this opportunity to impact the program at our alma mater and we welcome the challenge."
Brouse and his wife have three children, Matt (24), Brent (22) and Ashley (11). For the Indiana natives, returning to Purdue, the challenge of developing a national championship-caliber program and Purdue's golf facilities were too much to resist.