(updated August 2016)
Robert Duck, whose tenure as an assistant coach with both the Seminole men’s and women’s golf teams has coincided with the greatest period of growth in the history of the two programs, is in his sixth season at Florida State. Under Ducks’ tutelage, both Seminole teams have become perennial leaders in national rankings and course statistics as well as in the production of All-Americans and All-ACC performers, as he has helped raise the profiles of both programs to the levels necessary to compete as top collegiate programs on an annual basis.
Duck plays an integral role in the successes of both programs including the men’s national ranking of No. 1 and the women’s national finish of 15th during the 2016 season. Duck has helped coach both programs into the NCAA Tournament in each of his first five years while working with All-Americans and All-ACC honorees on both teams.
In his first five seasons at Florida State, the men have produced seven All-Americans, 12 All-ACC selections, two ACC Golfers of the Year (Brooks Koepka in 2012 and Hank Lebioda in 2016) and two ACC Freshmen of the Year while the women have produced two All-Americans and seven All-ACC performers.
During each of his five seasons, the Seminole men and the Seminole women have appeared in the NCAA Tournament five times each with the men finishing in ninth in the team standings in the 2012 NCAA Championship finals and 11th in the 2015 NCAA Championship finals and the women finishing in 15th at the 2016 NCAA Championship Finals. The men have finished in second (twice) and third once and the women have finished third once and have earned two fourth place finishes in their respective ACC Championships.
Duck’s work with Florida State’s players has led to incredible individual success in his first five seasons in Tallahassee. His teaching abilities and coaching philosophies have helped accelerate the careers of two of the top men’s players in school history – Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger – as well as four of the top performers on the women’s team – Matilda Castren, Lydia Gumm, Maria Salinas and Jessica Negron. Koepka was named the ACC Golfer of the Year in 2012 and was a three-time All-ACC selection while Berger earned All-ACC honors and played for the United States’ Palmer Cup team in 2013. Duck also worked with Seminole All-America Hank Lebioda – who earned All-America honors in 2015 and 2016, was the 2013 ACC Freshman of the Year, a four-time All-ACC selection and was a member of the 2014 United States Palmer Cup Team. Castren earned All-American honors in 2014, is a two-time All-ACC honoree and holds the record for lowest stroke average in school history. Gumm was an All-ACC selection in 2015, Salinas finished in a tie for first in the NCAA Central Regional and earned All-America honors in 2012 and Negron earned All-ACC honors in 2013.
Duck has helped coach the Florida State men to 13 tournament championships in his first five seasons in Tallahassee. The Seminoles won four consecutive tournaments, earned six overall team championships and were the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Golf championships in 2015. Duck helped the Seminole women win three team championships and finish in second place at the 2016 NCAA Shoal Creek Regional.
The Seminoles – both the men and the women – have been ranked among the nation’s top 30 teams throughout his first four seasons at Florida State. The men were ranked as high as No. 1 in 2015 while the women were ranked as high as No. 16 in 2016.
COLLEGIATE PLAYING EXPERIENCE
COLLEGIATE COACHING EXPERIENCE
2016 WAS A SPECIAL YEAR FOR THE SEMINOLE WOMEN
2015 WAS ONE OF THE BEST IN PROGRAM HISTORY
2014 WAS A BANNER YEAR
SUCCESS OF BROOKS KOEPKA
SUCCESS OF DANIEL BERGER
ON COURSE COACHING
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY AS A PLAYER
SUCCESS IN PROFESSIONAL WORLD