On the home hole in his 38th and final year at the helm of Clemson men’s golf, Larry Penley doesn’t have anything to regret from a Hall-of-Fame coaching career. He’s enjoyed a national title, frequent conference glory and players winning major amateur titles and a major championship – enough accomplishments to tell the grandkids and feel very satisfied when he’s out on the lake fishing.
But if Penley were to do it all over again, he might have one piece of advice for his younger self and anyone else considering a collegiate coaching career path.
“If I had known I was going to be doing this for 38 years I would have majored in psychology at Clemson,” said Penley, who earned a degree in administrative management instead. “How to push the motivational button; how to deal with parents; how to deal with the everyday ups and downs of a college student’s life … a psychology degree would help.”
How could he have known? Larry Penley graduated from North Gaston Senior High School in 1977, left his hometown of Dallas, No...
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