JOHNSON CITY, TENN. (Nov. 19, 2003) - The Golf Coaches Association of America announced on Wednesday that longtime East Tennessee State University golf coach Fred Warren will be inducted into the GCAA Hall of Fame. Warren, along with Kent State's Herb Page and Clemson's Larry Penley, will be honored at the GCAA Hall of Fame Reception on Jan. 28, 2004, in Orlando, Fla.
In 1980, the GCAA began inducting outstanding college golf coaches into the Hall of Fame. To be selected to the Hall of Fame, a coach must be nominated by his peers, and then selected by the GCAA Hall of Fame Committee. Selection criteria not only include a coach's record on the golf course, but his contributions to the game, student-athletes and school.
"This is one of the top honors a college golf coach can receive," Warren said. "What makes this so special for me is that so many of my mentors, who are coaches that I looked up to and learned from, are in the Hall of Fame. I feel privileged to be included with these men. I'm certainly humbled and honored."
Since his arrival in 1986, the Fred Warren-led East Tennessee State University men's golf program has been a consistent performer among the nation's elite, finishing in the NCAA top-13 six times and in the top-25 10 times since 1989 - including a third-place finish at the 1996 NCAA Championships and a ninth-place finish in 2001. In addition, Warren's Bucs have captured 11 Southern Conference championships during that span.
In the past 18 seasons, Warren's Buc squads have won 36 tournaments, including the 2001 NCAA East Regional at Williamsburg, Va., with a record 36-hole par score. During the 2000-01 season, his squad won four tournaments, including three straight from April to May. Even more impressive, his 1995-96 team won six events, tying national champion Arizona State and Florida for the most tournament wins during the year, and was ranked as the No. 1 team in the country during part of the season.
Just three years after arriving in Johnson City, Warren returned ETSU to the top of the Southern Conference, a position where the Bucs have remained for 11 of the past 15 years. Warren has led the Bucs to league titles from 1989-92, 1994-96, 1998, 1999, 2000 and once again in 2001. The Bucs advanced to the NCAA Championships in 1989, 1992 and from 1994 to 2001.
Warren is a seven-time winner of Southern Conference Coach-of-the-Year honors (1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1998 and 1999) and has twice earned NCAA District Coach-of-the-Year mention (1989 and 1996). He was a runner-up for National Coach-of-the-Year honors following the 1995-96 season.
During his tenure at ETSU, Warren has coached 15 All-America selections and 29 All-Southern Conference choices. He has coached seven of the past 13 Southern Conference Individual Medalists and 10 SoCon Players-of-the-Year.
Warren joined the Buccaneer program from collegiate golf power Oklahoma State, where he served as an assistant coach. During his tenure in Stillwater, the Cowboys won three Big Eight championships and finished as NCAA Tournament runners-up on three occasions.
Warren began his head coaching career at Texas Christian University, where he led both the men's and women's programs from 1979-84. While at TCU, his Horned Frog men's team finished fourth at the 1980 NCAA Championships and posted a 27th-place finish in 1983. That year he became the first coach to ever place a men's and women's team in the NCAA Tournament field during the same season.
He guided the women to the 1983 NCAA title and a runner-up finish the previous year. He was named Southwest Conference Men's Coach-of-the-Year in 1980 and was the SWC Women's Coach-of-the-Year choice in 1983. In October 2000, Warren was inducted into the TCU Horned Frog Hall of Honor and in 2003 was named a TCU Legend.
Warren has taught in Golf Digest Instruction Schools, in the Oklahoma State Golf Schools, the North Carolina Golf Schools, the Georgia Academy of Golf, at Purdue University and at the NIKE All-Star Golf Camp. He is currently a member of the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committee. He has served as Chair of the NCAA District 3 North Golf Committee, as the Chair of the Southern Conference Golf Coaches and as a Chair of the All-America Selection Committee.
Warren also has served on the Golf Coaches Association of America Ethics Committee. In addition, Warren and WCYB-TV anchor Paul Johnson began an instructional series in 1998 called "Grip It and Rip It," winning an award from the Tennessee Associated Press for their work.
Warren played his collegiate golf at UCLA while earning a bachelor of arts degree in speech. He received a master of science degree in education from Oklahoma State. He served as a U.S. Marine Corps officer from 1974-78 and was discharged a Captain in the USMC Reserve. Warren is active in several ETSU student organizations. He is a faculty advisor for Kappa Delta Sorority and has served in the same role for Campus Crusade for Christ and the Christian Student Fellowship.
In 2003, Warren was honored by the Tennessee Board of Regents when the new East Tennessee State University Golf Practice Facility was named in his honor, along with longtime golf supporter William B. Greene Jr. The Warren-Greene Golf Center will provide ETSU golf with one of the finest practice facilities in the country.