Entering his 30th season at ETSU and his 37th year overall, Hall of Fame head coach Fred Warren continues to build a winning tradition for the Buccaneers, guiding them into the national spotlight on a yearly basis.
The 2014 fall season saw the Buccaneers win their season-opening tournament at the Inverness Intercollegiate, moving Warren’s win total to 47 team titles at ETSU. That win sparked a run of four straight top-5 finishes, resulting in the Bucs moving to as high as No. 24 in the Golfstat rankings. Individually, junior Adrian Meronk led the Blue and Gold in all six tournaments and claimed medalist honors at the Inverness and Wolfpack Intercollegiate. Following the pair of wins, Meronk moved to 14th in the Golfweek Rankings and 93rd in the World Amateur ranks.
Warren helped guide the Blue and Gold to their 23rd NCAA Regional appearance in 2013-14 as ETSU competed in the Eugene Regional. Overall, the Bucs registered five top-5 finishes during the year and claimed the team title at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate, marking Warren’s 46th win at ETSU. For the second straight year, Rhys Pugh and Adrian Meronk received All-Atlantic Sun honors, while the Bucs were awarded all-academic honors by the Golf Coaches Association of America for the sixth straight season. Pugh also landed A-Sun All-Academic and Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar honors, while Meronk captured PING All-Region accolades. The summer of 2014 saw a former Buccaneer make his debut at the Open Championship as Rhys Enoch appeared in the field at Royal Liverpool. It was the second straight year the Bucs had a golfer play in the Open Championship. Last year, Rhys Pugh made his Open Championship debut, while Rhys Davies played in the 2009 and 2010 Open Championships.
The 2012-13 season saw the Bucs win then-their 45th tournament under Warren's watch as ETSU captured the 2013 Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational for the third time in four seasons. Meanwhile, three Buccaneer golfers received Atlantic Sun Conference honors as sophomore Rhys Pugh and freshman Adrian Meronk landed Second Team All A-Sun accolades. In addition, Gudmundur Kristjansson and Meronk were featured on the All-Freshman Team. Warren's team also excelled in the classroom in 2012-13, as the Bucs were one of 143 Division I programs to receive academic honors by the Golf Coaches Association of America after registering a team GPA of 3.223.
In the summer of 2013, Pugh played in the Open Championship at Muirfield, while also advancing to match play at the U.S. Amateur Championship. Pugh was also selected to the Walker Cup for the second time in his career for the Great Britain and Ireland Team. Meanwhile, Meronk and incoming freshman Mateusz Gradecki placed first and second at the Polish Amateur Championship this past July. Gradecki edged out his counterpart by one stroke, 212 to 213. Back in the states, rising sophomore Chris Hickman put together a dominating effort to win the 2013 Delaware State Golf Association’s Amateur Championship. Hickman won the tournament by 21 strokes after finishing at 20-under-par 268.
In 2011-12, Warren helped coach red-shirt senior Rhys Enoch to Second Team All-Atlantic Sun honors, while Scott Gibson received All-Freshman Team accolades. In addition, Enoch also received Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar honors for the second time in his illustrious career, while Enoch was tabbed A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Not only did Enoch succeed on the course and in the classroom, but the 2011-12 Buccaneer team was one of 68 Division I programs to receive the GCAA Team Academic honor after posting a grade-point-average of 3.155 for the year.
Warren – who was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America’s Hall of Fame in December of 2003 – saw the Bucs once again reach NCAA regional competition in 2009-10. Additionally, the Bucs won the Atlantic Sun Conference championship for the second time as it was the 22nd conference title in school history. With that victory, the Bucs also set a school record with four victories during the spring season. Seamus Power also won the Atlantic Sun individual title for the second time in his career.
Individually, Rhys Enoch tied for medalist honors at the NCAA East Regional and earned a bid to the NCAA Championship. He also received Ping All-American honors following his successful 2009-10 campaign.
The Bucs also succeeded again in the classroom as the team was recognized by the Golf Coaches Association of America as earning President’s Special Recognition for earning a team GPA of 3.5 or higher.
In 2008-09, Warren helped guide freshman Michael Stewart to an individual title in the Atlantic Sun Conference championships, while Stewart joined teammates Seamus Power and Rhys Enoch on the first team All A-Sun squad. In fact, Power was named the league’s Player of the Year, while Stewart garnered Freshman of the Year honors.
The squad was coming off a 2007-08 campaign in which they earned a Top 15 ranking throughout much of the year, and made its 20th trip to the NCAA Championships, finishing 22nd on the team leaderboard.
Since his arrival in 1986, the Warren-led Buccaneer program has been a consistent performer among the nation’s elite, finishing in the top 13 six times and in the top 25 13 times since 1989 – including a third-place finish at the 1996 NCAA Championships and a ninth-place finish in 2001.
During the past 29 seasons, Warren’s Buc squads have won 47 tournaments, including the 2001 NCAA East Regional at Williamsburg, Va. 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 year.
Just three years after arriving in Johnson City, Warren returned ETSU to the top of the Southern Conference, a position where the Bucs remained for 12 of the next 17 years. Warren led the Bucs to league titles from 1989-92, 1994-96, 1998-2001, and in 2005, his 12 championships broke the 54-year-old SoCon record of 11 titles held by longtime Duke golf coach Ellis "Dumpy" Hagler, making Warren the winningest men’s golf coach in SoCon history. The Bucs advanced to the NCAA Championships in 1989 and 1992, from 1994 to 2001, and also made the field in four straight seasons (2005-08).
Warren is a seven-time winner of Southern Conference Coach-of-the-Year honors (1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1998 and 1999), has won Atlantic Sun Conference Coach-of-the-Year once, and has twice earned NCAA District Coach-of-the-Year (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 18 All-America selections and 30 All-Southern Conference choices, and three All-Atlantic Sun picks. He has coached eight of the past 14 Southern Conference Individual Medalists, two Atlantic Sun Conference champions, 11 SoCon Players-of-the-Year, and three Atlantic Sun Conference 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 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 he 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 has served as a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee and as the Chair of the Southern Conference Golf Coaches and as a Chair of the GCAA All-America Selection Committee. Warren also has served on the Golf Coaches Association of America Ethics Committee and on the GCAA National Advisory Board.
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 honorably discharged, reaching the rank of Captain. Warren is active in several ETSU student organizations. He has served as a faculty advisor for Kappa Delta Sorority and in the same role for Campus Crusade for Christ and the Christian Student Fellowship.