SIU men’s golf coach resigns

By Brooke Buerck and Ryan Scott

SIU head men’s golf coach Justin Fetcho announced his resignation on Oct. 8. Fetcho has been with the Salukis since 2015. 

The University of South Florida graduate led the Salukis to their first-ever Missouri Valley Conference championship in 2016, and was named the MVC coach of the year in the same year. 

“I have been blessed with many great years at SIU, but I look forward to the opportunity to spend more time with my family and to start a new chapter in my life,” Fetcho said in an SIU athletics press release. 

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SIU also won the MVC championship in 2019, and appeared in the NCAA regional tournaments in 2016 and 2018. 

“This decision, while very difficult, was made with much thought and consideration about not only the now, but the future. COVID has changed the business of college athletics, and like most universities across the country, SIU is not immune to those challenges,” Fetcho said.

According to the release, administrative duties will be temporarily fulfilled by women’s golf coach Danielle Kaufman, while coaching duties will be taken on by assistant coach Eric Gilpin.

Editor Brooke Buerck can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @bbuerck25. 

Sports reporter Ryan Scott can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @RyanscottDE. 

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