Barry Marple is in his first season as the graduate assistant for the men’s program. Marple joins the Monarch family after five seasons as head golf coach at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach.
Marple was key in the development of freshman standout Nick Rencis, who captured the Greenbrier Invite title in the spring, earned a C-USA Men's Golfer of the Week honor and was the highest placing Monarch at the C-USA Championships. Marple also helped guide Old Dominion to top-five team finishes at the Mission Inn Spring Spectatcular and the ECU Intercollegiate. Also in the spring season, Marple helped veteran Seth Sweet to three top-10 finishes and a C-USA Men's Golfer of the Week award.
In the fall of 2015, Marple helped guide the Monarchs to a third place finish at the ODU/OBX Invite which included David Langley setting a school record by firing a 63 in the first round. ODU also took third at the Firestone Invite which saw Monarch freshman Calvin Greschner earn C-USA Men’s Golfer of the Week after a 12th place finish. Old Dominion turned in a fourth place finish at the Golfweek Program Challenge as well.
“We are pleased to have Barry working with the ODU golf team. He brings a lot of experience with his background in playing, and teaching golf,” said Murray Rudisill. “As the current golf coach at Landstown High School, he has shown that he can take a team and build it into a winner. I will be a pleasure to partner with him at Old Dominion.”
Under his tenure, the Eagles winning percentage increased from 30% to over 90%, including five conference championship appearances, two regional championship appearances, and the school’s first conference championship. He is currently nominated for coach of the year by the Virginia Beach Coaches Association.
While coaching, he passed his PAT and entered the PGA as an apprentice instructor. He has also served as an assistant professional, a golf course superintendent, and spent eight years as a traffic reporter for two local radio stations.
Marple is a native of Virginia Beach and a graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is working towards a Master of Science in Education.