I owe her so much, she will be truly missed. I am sorry for her family’s loss.”Eddie Hunt, Murray State Head Golf Coach “Catana will be missed very much. Coach Starks certainly made a difference in my life personal and I will never forget that and never forget her.” Andrew C. Morton, III – Former Tennessee State Golfer“Yes, Yesterday was a sad day for the TSU Golf team Fraternity, we lost a great Coach and friend. She will be missed.“Richard Gill, Former Tennessee State Golfer“I heard and read about the passing of Coach Starks. Her dedication to the TSU golf program was amazing. in the term student-athlete.
It was a daunting experience moving across the world not knowing anyone but she made me settle in to her program with open arms. By checking this box, you are agreeing to PGA of America's, Starks was inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame.
Starks became the first African American woman to coach an all men’s team at the collegiate level. “She was a trailblazer, a true champion, whose legacy will continue in all those she inspired, on and off the golf course. “The PGA of America mourns the passing of Catana Starks, a college golf coaching pioneer who broke down barriers and lived a life of inclusion," PGA of America President Suzy Whaley said. “Our hearts are saddened by the passing of Dr. Catana Starks,”, said TSU President Glenda Glover. Time for her to Rest In Peace, she, Sam Puryear, Former Tennessee State Golfer, Former Michigan State Head Coach, “Coach Starks was a true coach. She was a great coach. Starks’ trailblazing story was documented in the film “From The Rough” in 2011. late Michael Clarke Duncan and Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson.
NASHVILLE --- Trailblazing golf coach Dr. Catana Starks passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 75.Starks made history becoming the first African-American woman to coach an all-men’s team at the collegiate level. Starks coached the TSU men’s golf team from 1986 until 2005 when she led the Tigers to a National Minority Golf Championship. The best coaching tips and latest golf news delivered straight to you. Dr. Catana Starks, who made history in 1986 at Tennessee State when she became the first Black woman to coach a men’s NCAA Division I golf team, died Sunday in Nashville.
In 2011, Starks’ story inspired the movie “From the Rough” starring the late Michael Clarke Duncan and Henson, who portrays a fictionalized version of Starks named Cassandra Turner. Catana Starks, a former Tennessee State Tigers swim coach, who became the first woman ever to coach a college men’s golf team. But her commitment to develop us as men is what I appreciated the most. She was a great coach. Coach Starks wasn't just a great coach; she was a friend that cared about you on and off the course. She was a trailblazer of her own and she wasn’t afraid to tell you the way it is.
I’m especially sad because I have been, meaning to get back to Nashville soon and she would have been the, first person I’d have reached out to.
She helped make me a better student, athlete and now coach. The ethics I learned from you coach will never leave me! Dr. Starks was a pioneer being the first African-American woman to coach a men’s Division-I team. We had a great team, capped off by winning the 2005 national minority championship for the first time with a record team score in Pt St Lucie, Florida at -24 under par. She was just a nice person. In 2014, Starks was inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, and, in 2019, TSU honored Starks by recognizing her achievements during a ceremony on campus.
I always remembered seeing a Score Sheet in her office with her team’s results from Winning the PGA National Minority Championship, coach was very proud of all her players and not afraid to brag about them. Hard work, dedication and preparation were three areas that she preached because it would carry us through out life. Starks coached the TSU men’s golf team from 1986 until 2005 when she led the team to a National Minority Golf … When TSU entered, the Ohio Valley Conference, the athletic department dropped the. We were at the same site together. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Starks was the school's swim team coach at the time.
She was 75.
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