App State Hires Danny Forshey as Men’s Golf Head Coach

AP Sports
August 5, 2019
James Henderson Bledsoe
August 5, 2019
App State Hires Danny Forshey as Men’s Golf Head Coach


BOONE, N.C. – A new chapter will begin this fall for Appalachian State University men’s golf. 

Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Friday that Danny Forshey is the next head coach of the App State men’s golf team.

Forshey, who has served as director of intercollegiate golf at Bethune-Cookman University since 2017, led the men’s and women’s golf teams to a combined 16 tournament victories in two seasons.

“Danny has shown throughout his playing and coaching career the ability to compete at a high level and develop programs,” Gillin said. “We are excited to welcome Danny, Lindsey, Hailey and Ryan to the App State family. We look forward to helping Danny build a men’s golf program that will compete for championships and represent the Mountaineers with class and integrity in the classroom and the community.”

This past season, Forshey guided both the men’s and women’s teams at BCU to first-place finishes at the PGA Works Collegiate Championship. The new App State coach also led the Wildcat men to a second-place finish at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships.

In Forshey’s first spring season in 2018, both the men and women dominated at the PGA National Minority Championships, winning by 57 and 27 strokes, respectively. Under his tutelage, the men recorded a program record with five tournament triumphs in 2018. The women also excelled in Forshey’s first spring campaign, securing three tournament victories.

Forshey’s drive and recruiting prowess also helped expand the women’s roster from only two players in 2017 to six student-athletes at the start of the 2018-19 season. Between the men’s and women’s squads, the Wildcats roster featured 12 student-athletes from outside of the United States.

“I’m humbled and very excited for the opportunity to lead the Appalachian State men’s golf program,” Forshey said. “I would like to thank Doug Gillin for entrusting me to lead the men’s golf program. I would also like to thank Spencer Bridges, Troy Heustess, Heather Brown and the search committee for their belief in me. This program has tremendous potential and we look forward to building it the right way. North Carolina is one of the most talent-rich states in the country, and I am excited to start recruiting immediately. We are very excited to get to Boone and get this program rolling.”

Forshey began his collegiate coaching career at Alcorn State. In one year with the Braves, the men’s team had its highest finish at the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championships in program history. His player development skills also shined as each student-athlete on the men’s and women’s teams improved his or her scores. In particular, Daniel Racioppa clinched the SWAC individual title and earned the school’s first-ever NCAA Regional appearance.

All of Forshey’s accomplishments at Alcorn State culminated in the SWAC naming him its Coach of the Year in 2017.

Before entering the collegiate coaching ranks, Forshey played professional golf for 15 years at a variety of levels, including the PGA Tour, PGA Tour Canada, Tour, Gateway Tour and Hooters Tour. He won 17 tournaments as a professional.

In 2013, Forshey started his own golf academy. He directed the Forshey Golf Academy from 2013-16, focusing on consistent practice routines and time management skills.

Forshey earned a bachelor’s degree in management communication from Amridge University (Montgomery, Ala.) in 2019. A native of Montgomery, Forshey and his wife, Lindsey, have two children, Hailey and Ryan.

Forshey’s College Coaching Career
2016-17 – Alcorn State – Head Coach (Men’s and Women’s)
2017-19 – Bethune-Cookman – Director of Intercollegiate Golf