HANOVER, N.H. -- Dartmouth athletics director Harry Sheehy announced the hiring of Alex Kirk to serve as the head coach of the Big Green women’s golf team. Kirk, the head pro at Hanover Country Club (HCC) since December 2005, steps into the post following the resignation of Janet Coles in May.

A veteran of New England golf, Kirk has been a Class A Member of the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) since 1999, and is the president of the New Hampshire PGA (NHPGA) after serving as the vice president for three years. He is also currently the District Director on the New England PGA (NEPGA) Board of Directors and was a member of the PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game from 2006-10.

As the head pro at HCC, Kirk has developed and coordinated clinics for all ages and levels, including Dartmouth physical education classes, with a focus on fundamentals, etiquette and networking through golf. He has established the Golf in School Program, which has grown from two local schools to 27 schools across the state. Kirk oversees the HCC Junior Golf Program as well and received the NHPGA Junior Golf Leader Award in both 2009 and 2010.

Prior to his arrival in Hanover, Kirk was an assistant pro for nearly two years at Manchester Country Club in Bedford, N.H., and the first head pro at Pistol Creek Golf Club for two years in Berlin, Conn. His career as a golf professional began in 1996 as an assistant pro at The Woodcrest Club in Syosset, N.Y., where he remained for five seasons before taking another assistant position for two years at Middle Bay Country Club in Oceanside, N.Y.

Kirk graduated from Nichols College in Dudley, Mass., with a degree in business administration in 1991. He was a four-year letterman on the Bison soccer team, serving as team captain in his senior year, plus played rugby for four years. He went on to take part in the PGA of America’s Golf Professional Training Program and has won various Pro-Am Tournaments throughout New Hampshire and New England.

Kirk inherits a program that won two tournaments last fall, including the ECAC Championship — the program’s first victories in eight years — before finishing seventh at the Ivy League Championship in April.