Darcy Donaldson enters his 11th season as the head golf coach at Georgia Southwestern in 2022-23. Donaldson became the head golf coach at GSW in September 2012.
In his ten years at GSW, Donaldson has coached eight Hurricanes to 13 All-America honors. Nate Gahman was an honorable mention All-American in 2012-13 and Nicholas Ward earned the same acclaim in 2014-15. The following season, Ethan Chamineak was named third team All-American and earned honorable mention in the 2016-17 season. A year later, Vincent Norrman was named honorable mention All-American and followed that up with a first team All-American selection in 2019. In 2020, the Hurricanes placed a program-record three golfers on the All-American team: Vincent Norrman (first team), Saksit Jairak (second team) and Simon Estrada (honorable mention). The Hurricanes matched that record in 2021: Chase McLain (third team), Saksit Jairak (honorable mention) and Jack Tharrington (honorable mention). Simon Estrada picked up his second All-American award in 2022 as a member of the honorable mention team.
Under Donaldson’s direction, the program has enjoyed its most successful stretch ever, finishing the season ranked inside the Top 8 in the country the past three seasons.
2021-22 saw a repeat appearance to the National Championship. For the second straight year, the Hurricanes made it to the Final Four where they lost to the eventual champions, 3-2 in the semifinals. Simon Estrada earned honorable mention All-American for the second time in his career.
The 2020-21 season was one of the best in program history as the Hurricanes made it to the National Championship for the first time in school history. Eventually losing in the National Championship match, 3-2. Three players were named All-Americans as Donaldson was honored as the South East Regional Coach of the Year for the third time. In the COVID-shortened 2019-20 season, the Hurricanes were dominant, climbing to No. 1 in both the GCAA poll and Golf Stat rankings. The team took home victories at four of the seven events they played: Aflac/Cougar Invitational, Queen Invitational, Hurricane Invitational and the Southeastern Collegiate. Under Donaldson’s guidance, Vincent Norrman, Saksit Jairak and Simon Estrada were named All-Americans. Donaldson was name Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year and was honored with the Dave Williams Award as the Division II National Coach of the Year.
GSW's quick turnaround under Donaldson – the Hurricanes won the spring season-opening Spring Kick-Off in February 2013, their fifth event with him as head coach -- should come as little surprise. One of the most decorated golfers in Concord University history, he also served a five-year stint as the Mountain Lions assistant coach (2007-12), helping Concord to four straight NCAA Championship Appearances, West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) crown in 2010 and an NCAA East Regional championship in 2010.
During his time on staff, Concord racked up one All-America honor, nine first team All-Conference accolades, four WVIAC Individual Champions, eight NCAA All-East Region team selections, four Academic All-Americans, one NCAA All-Freshmen team and produced the 2010 WVIAC Player of the Year. Donaldson also played professionally while on staff at Concord, competing in events on the Hooters and Grand Strand Tour. He recorded four Top 10 finishes before hanging up the clubs in 2012.
Individually, Donaldson was named the WVIAC freshmen of the year in 2004, the player of the year in 2006 and was a three-time WVIAC First Team All-Conference selection. Donaldson picked up nine tournament wins as a player including five his junior year. Donaldson helped Concord win back-to-back WVIAC championships in 2004 & 2005, NCAA Division II National Championship appearance in 2006 and was named an All-American in 2006.
The Marathon, Ontario native earned a bachelor’s degree (Physical Education-Health Promotions-Geography) and a masters in public health (2019).