Barry Marple completed his second season as the assistant men’s golf coach in 2017-18. Marple joined the Monarch family after five seasons as head golf coach at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach.
In 2017-18, Marple helped guide ODU to a pair of third-place finishes and a seventh-place finish at the C-USA Championship. Marple also helped coach true freshman standout Gustav Fransson to C-USA All-Freshman Team and All-Tournament Team honors.
During the 2016-2017 season, Marple helped coach The Monarchs to 4 top-5 finishes, including a team victory at the Patriot Intercollegiate, shooting 3 under par the final day to come from 5 strokes behind. At the ODU/OBX Invitational, the team claimed a runner-up finish by shooting a 14 under par score of 130 for nine holes and saw senior David Langley claim the individual title with a final score of 9 under. The team went on to claim another runner-up finish at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate. Nick Rencis was again a standout in the C-USA Championships where he finished fifth and was named to the C-USA All-Tournament Team.
In the 2015-2016 season, Marple helped guide the Monarchs six top-5 finishes including a third-place finish at the ODU/OBX Invitational, 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 an individual 12th place finish. Old Dominion turned in a fourth-place finish at the Golfweek Program Challenge as well.
Marple was key in the development of freshman standout Nick Rencis, who captured the Greenbrier Invitational title in the spring, which earned him a C-USA Men's Golfer of the Week honor, and was the highest placing Monarch at the C-USA Championships. 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. Marple also helped guide Old Dominion to top-five team finishes at the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular and the ECU Intercollegiate.
“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 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 at Landstown, the Eagles winning percentage increased from 30% to over 90%, including five conference and two regional championship appearances. In his final year, the school won their first and only conference championship after an undefeated season, earning Marple the 2014-2015 Coach of the Year Award from the Virginia Beach Coaches Association.
As a high school coach, Marple 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 has graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Education.