SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Sioux Falls athletic director Kevin Hesser has named Brett Bennett and Ty Dannenbring as co-head coaches for the men’s and women’s golf teams. Bennett and Dannenbring will take over from Jenny Coluccio, who coached both the Cougar men’s and women’s golf squads for the past three seasons. Coluccio was recently hired as the assistant women’s golf coach at Illinois.

Brett Bennett comes to USF after spending time working at both Westward Ho Country Club and the Todd Kolb Golf Academy in Sioux Falls. A 2009 graduate of South Dakota, he completed a three year PGA apprenticeship at the Tonto Verde Golf Club in Rio Verde, Ariz. Bennett was a four-year varsity letterman for the Coyotes, earning Great West Second Team All-Conference honors and Great West Player of the Week honors during his senior season. He was also named to the North Central Conference All-Tournament team as a sophomore at USD.

“I want us to develop into a program that can be competitive in the NSIC [Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference] and eventually be able to win a conference championship,” Bennett said. “Our goal is to bring in golfers for four years and to help them develop their golf, academic and life skills.”

Ty Dannenbring played collegiately at Lenoir-Rhyne and served as team captain his senior season. He received his MBA from Lenoir-Rhyne in 2012 and has spent the past two seasons as the middle school golf coach at Hickory (N.C.) Christian Academy. Dannenbring led the Bucks to the 2004 South Dakota Boys “AA” team championship and posted consecutive runner-up finishes as an individual in the 2004 and '05 state tournaments. Dannenbring has recently worked with the South Dakota Fellowship of Christian Athletes and served as the FCA Tour Life chaplain during the past two summers.

“We want to create an atmosphere where we as coaches can invest in student-athletes, helping them to strive for excellence in every aspect of life with their foundation in Christ,” Dannenbring said.

Bennett and Dannenbring will take over a men’s team that finished third in their first season of NSIC play, while the women took fourth overall.

“We are very excited that Brett and Ty have accepted our co-head coaching position,” Hesser said. “Having two local coaches with NCAA Division II experience and a passion for the sport will be a great asset to both of our golf programs.”