By Chuck Reherman
When your fresh out of college and looking for a coaching position, you pretty much expect an assistant’s role instead of a head coachng job.
For Tristen Dunn, he moved right into the head coaching role.
Dunn has been named as the new head boys golf coach. He replaces Jamie Tate, who stepped down to take a position at a different school.
Dunn graduated from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany this past May with a degree in Kinesiology. He competed on the Eagles gold team for four seasons and has also been an assistant golf pro at Gaillardia Country Club since 2018.
Dunn is a graduate of Velma-Alma High School in 2017. He competed with the golf team and helped lead the team to state four years in a row.
He became interested in coaching golf at a high school level and when he saw the position open at Yukon, he jumped at the chance.
“Since I went to college I really didn’t want to know what I wanted to do when I got out or what I wanted to get my degree in,” Dunn said. “I took an internship will my head coach coach at SCU and it changed my life, it made me want to become a coach. I love it.
“Coming from a high school that my graduation class was 30 kids and I went to pre-school with all those kids, it will be different, but I am looking forward to the challenge.
Becoming the head coach for the Millers program was something that Dunn just came across. He was at his job at Gaillardia and was looking to become a coach, so he emailed some of the schools in the metro area and found out Yukon was open.
“I didn’t know they (Yukon) was looking for a golf coach,” Dunn said. “I sent out the emails to four or five schools and Yukon happened to be one of them. The next day, Mike Clark (the YHS AD) emailed me back asking for information and next thing I knew I was applying for the job. It was pretty cool.
“It was a pretty fast process, I sent in the application an two days later I got an interview and it just dominoed after that,” he added. “It was pretty special.”
Dunn will inherit a team that will be young and he is looking to put his mark on the program with his philosophy of the game. “We will be looking for kids that have a love for the game,” Dunn said.
“One good thing that will help me is that my college golf coach lives just a mile and a half from me and I have friends that coach golf that I will be able to call on to get pointers and tips.
“I am really looking forward to the challenge. It is a big responsibility for me and I will do everything I can to give it my all.”