“I am extremely honored to be joining the McNeese State University family as the next head men’s golf coach,” said Plucienski. “I would like to thank our Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill and the entire hiring committee; Tanner Stines, Bridget Martin, and Quitman Moon for believing in me and my vision for our men’s golf program. “I look forward to meeting all of our players, supporters, and entrenching myself and our program in the surrounding community. The facilities in the Lake Charles area are outstanding and afford us the ability to practice and compete for championships. “With Derek, the Cowboy golf program will continue to contend for conference championships and increase the McNeese brand nationally.” Plucienski played professionally from 2013-14 setting the Country Club of Jackson course record with a round of 63. Plucienski also had success prior to college winning the 2007 Gulf States PGA Junior Tour Championship and the 2006 Louisiana Premier Golf Championship. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Southern Miss in 2011. Plucienski also has a master’s in sport management from Southern Miss in 2013. Plucienski fills the spot that was open after former head coach Austin Burk left in December to join the private sector while Cowgirls’ head coach Mike Fluty assumed the role as the Cowboys’ interim head coach during the spring season. The McNeese men’s golf program has achieved great success both on and off the course and that is something I will continue and build on. Geaux Pokes!” “Furthermore, I’d like to give a heartfelt thank you to Coach Theo Sliman at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette for providing me with the opportunity to be his assistant coach and paving the path to the head coach position at McNeese. Plucienski spent the 2018-19 season at ULL where he helped coach and develop Micah Goulas who was this year’s Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) Newcomer of the Year. Courtesey of McNeese AthleticsLAKE CHARLES, La. – Derek Plucienski, a Louisiana native and recent assistant men’s golf coach at Louisiana-Lafayette, has been named the new head coach for the McNeese Cowboys, Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill announced on Wednesday. “This is an incredible opportunity. Additionally, I need to thank Coach (Mike) Fluty and Coach (Billy) Gabbert for doing an outstanding job this past spring season. Moving forward, I will continue to depend on Coach Gabbert as the volunteer assistant coach. As a former standout player and a McNeese alum, he is an asset to our program. “We’re excited to have Derek as our men’s golf coach,” said Hemphill. “He impressed everyone on the committee with his knowledge, energy and enthusiasm to lead our program. A native of Slidell, La., Plucienski played four seasons at Southern Miss being named the team captain from 2011-12. He earned All-Conference USA Second Team honors in 2011 after posting the fourth lowest stroke average in school history at 73.1. He was named a David Toms Award Finalist and also competed in the NCAA Colorado Regional that same season. Prior to joining the ULL staff, Plucienski served as the Tournament and Operations Manager for the Gulf States Section PGA from 2016-17 directing over 25 Section events annually. Before then, he spent a year with the APT Professional Golf Tour as a Tournament Operations Director overseeing 26 events during the season.