Mike Dirks was introduced as the new head coach of the NM State men’s golf team back in Sept. 2011. Dirks came to NM State with an impressive resume filled with championships on both a team and individual level, Coach of the Year awards, while guiding numerous golfers to All-America status.
In 2012-13, Dirks led the Aggies back on top of the WAC with the programs sixth conference title. Dirks was named WAC Coach of the Year, the sixth of his career. He also guided Justin Shin and Kenneth Fadke II to all-conference honors, as the Aggies qualified for their 11th NCAA Regional appearance in school history.
In his first year as head coach for the Aggies, Dirks guided NM State to a second place finish at the WAC Championships, helping senior Zachery Fullerton and junior Justin Shin to compete as individuals in the NCAA West Regional Golf Tournament. Shin was also named a first team all-WAC selection and a 2012 PING All-Region pick.
Dirks, former head golf coach at Sam Houston State, Houston and Tulane, spent three years as associate head men’s golf coach at SMU, after joining the Mustang staff in January 2008.
In his first two seasons, Dirks helped guide freshman Kelly Kraft to PING All-Region honors, Conference USA Newcomer of the Year accolades and two All-C-USA selections. In 2009, Dirks led James Kwon to All-C-USA honors and an All-C-USA Freshman Team selection. In 2010, Dirks guided SMU to an NCAA Regional appearance, helping Kelly Kraft to All-C-USA honors and a PING Honorable Mention All-American honor.
Dirks arrived in Dallas after spending two-plus seasons directing the men’s and women’s programs at Sam Houston State. Under his tutelage, Sam Houston won the 2007 Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championship and his two squads combined to win 12 tournament titles overall. In addition, six Bearkat golfers earned All-Southland Conference honors a total of eight times and, in 2007, he had golfers named SLC Newcomer of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
Prior to taking over the Bearkat golf program, Dirks served as Director of Eagle Golf Instruction in Friendswood, Texas, from 2003 to 2005. He was head men’s golf coach at Houston from 1994 to 2003 and at Tulane from 1990 to 1994.
In 2005, Dirks was named Conference USA Men’s Golf Coach of the Decade. He was a three-time C-USA Coach of the Year (1997, 1998, 1999) who produced 10 All-Americans, four league individual medalists, 14 first-team All-Conference USA selections, three C-USA Freshmen of the Year and the 2003 NCAA Central Regional individual medalist. Dirks also coached six C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal recipients and nine members of the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Houston won the Conference USA men’s team championship in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001, and was NCAA Central Regional champion in 1997. Dirks was named the NCAA District VI Men’s Golf Coach of the Year in 1998 and 1999 and was selected to coach the USA Junior National Golf Team in Japan in 2001.
At Tulane, Dirks was named Metro Conference Coach of the Year in 1994, and in 1986, he directed Lamar to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
A Fort Worth, Texas, native, Dirks was a four-year golf letterman at Lamar from 1982 to 1985. He won the Southland Conference Championship in 1982 and received both all-conference and honorable mention All-America honors.
Dirks has served as an officer for the Golf Coaches Association of America, a member of the NCAA District VI Advisory Committee and All-America Scholar Selection Committee and conducted the 1995 NCAA Central Regional Championship.
Dirks received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lamar in 1985. Dirks and his wife, Laurie, have three children David, Ben and Emilie.