University Park, Pennsylvania – Penn State women’s golf head coach Dennis St. Pierre announced his retirement Monday, officially ending a legendary 60-year career.
A 1983 graduate, St-Pierre arrived at Happy Valley in the fall of 1979 as a student-athlete and began his coaching career in 1985 as assistant coach of the men’s and women’s programs under Mary Kennedy Zielke, then Zielke’s I took over as head. Prior to the 1992-93 season she was a women’s golf coach.
“Over the years, I have been very privileged to be a part of this program, this track and field club, and this wonderful university. I would like to thank these student-athletes,” said St-Pierre. “It’s an honor and an honor to be able to cherish the rest of my life. My feet may be gone, but my heart is forever with dear Old State. We are !”
“Dennis St. Pierre had an incredible 31-year tenure as head coach at Penn State. I congratulate her on her retirement and the end of an amazing career. With more than 40 years of her life dedicated to Penn State University, a student-athlete, assistant coach for both men’s and women’s programs, and head coach for women, she’s a key figure in the Happy Valley community.” Vice Chairman Dr. Patrick Kraft commented. “I have been fortunate to inherit the coaching staff at Penn State. They show pride and dedication to the university and Dennis embodies what it means to lead the Blues and Whites. We wish Denise all the best in her retirement, and she will continue to be a great member of our state university community.”
The Saint-Pierre team has achieved great athletic and academic success, winning multiple tournament titles under her guidance, including winning the Nittany Lion Invitational Championship 17 times, most recently in the 2012-13 season. He has advanced to the NCAA Regionals four times, including Saint-Pierre also personally accompanied several student-athletes to the NCAA Regional Games. Matilde Delavalado just two weeks ago.
Last week, St. Pierre led the Nittany Lion team to a commanding victory at the inaugural National Golf Invitational in Maricopa, Arizona.The Nittany Lions have three top 10 finishers, including a sophomore runner-up Michelle Cox In the last 9 holes, he escaped and won by 11 shots.
During her tenure, nearly 200 student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, more than 30 of whom were named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars, and the St. has consistently maintained one of the team GPAs of outside.