Donnie Darr became just the 10th head coach in the 89-year history of the Ohio State men's golf program when he was hired in June 2009. In his three years with the Scarlet and Gray, Darr has compiled a 261-176-4 record and has led the team to successful showings at the NCAA Regional and NCAA Championship tournaments.
During the 2011-12 season, Darr guided the Buckeyes to two regular-season tournament victories (Marshall Invitational, Wildcat Invitational) with lineups that consisted primarily of underclassmen. Ohio State made its 45th appearance at the NCAA Central Regional, playing in Ann Arbor and finishing 12th overall.
Senior Alex Redfield earne PING All-Midwest Region honors for his efforts on the year that included a first-place finish at the Marshall Invitational. Freshman Grant Weaver became just the second Buckeye overall and the first under Darr to be named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
In his second year at the helm of the Buckeye program, Ohio State reached its first NCAA tournament under Darr and made its 31st appearance overall following a fourth-place finish at the NCAA West Regional. A sixth-place finish in stroke play secured a spot in the match play portion of the championship for the Scarlet and Gray. The Buckeyes fell to host Oklahoma State in the first round, 1-3-1. Ohio State posted a 121-50-0 tournament record on the season and captured first in two tournaments (Marshall Invitational, FAU Spring Break Championship).
During his first season with the Buckeyes, the team gained plenty of experience in a season that brought success to many of the golfers while posting a 70-58-2 tournament record. The Buckeyes posted three runner-up finishes throughout the year, including twice in the final month of competition.
Darr returned to his home state from national powerhouse Oklahoma State, where he served as assistant coach from 2006-09. While with the Cowboys, the team extended their record of consecutive NCAA Championship appearances while placing fourth in 2008 and advancing to the match play portion of the event in 2009 after leading the field in stroke play.
Each of those seasons, Darr helped Oklahoma State nab the top recruiting classes in the nation. Among them were Rickie Fowler, the 2008 College Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and a two-time First Team All-America honoree now on the PGA Tour and a member of the United State's 2010 Ryder Cup team. Darr also recruited Morgan Hoffmann, the 2009 Freshman of the Year, First Team All-America selection and the Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Year.
Prior to Oklahoma State, Darr gained experience as the head coach at the University of Akron in 2005-06. During his season with the Zips, he began to rebuild the program and ended the team's nine-year tournament victory drought.
A 1996 Kent State graduate, Darr began his coaching career at his alma mater. He was the assistant coach for the men's and women's golf teams in 2001-02, and was promoted to associate head coach of both programs from 2002-04. Darr also served as assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma during the 2004-05 season.
A standout golfer with the Golden Flashes, Darr was a four-time First Team All-Mid-American Conference honoree from 1993-96 and was chosen as the MAC Sportsman of the Year in 1996. He earned Third Team All-America honors as a junior and also received the Merle Wagoner Award as a senior, given to Kent State's outstanding senior male athlete. Darr was inducted into Kent State's prestigious Varsity "K" Hall of Fame in 2004.
After college, Darr toured as a professional golfer for one season (1997-98) before serving four years as an assistant golf professional in northeast Ohio at Windmill Lakes Country Club in Ravenna and Lakewood Country Club in Westlake.
Darr and his wife, Tina, also a Kent State graduate, are the parents of 8-year old triplets Allie, Anna and Leo as well as their 6-year old daughter, Lucy.