Dover, Del. (Sep. 14, 2018) --- Delaware State University Director of Athletics Dr. D. Scott Gines has announced the appointment of Richard “Rick” McCall as interim head coach of the Hornets’ women’s golf team. McCall replaces Scott Thornton, who has led the program since its inception in 2012.
McCall, who served two legendary stints as head men’s coach at Wesley College, was most recently head golf instructor at Wild Quail Golf and Country Club in Wyoming, Del.
While at Wesley College, he led the school to 12 conference championships, six NCAA top-25 finishes, including a second place showing in 2003. He also produced the Wolverines’ only national championship, coaching Chris Noll to the individual national title in 2002.
McCall’s coaching career also includes nine conference Coach-of-the-Year awards, three Mid-Atlantic Coach-of-the-Year awards and one NCAA Division III Coach-of-the-Year honor. He guided the Wolverines to 10 straight conference championships from 1999 to 2008 and coached 10 individual conference champions during his tenure.
In addition, McCall has been honored with the Delaware State Golf Association Annual Award (1989), Pat Knight Award for lifetime contribution to junior golf (1993), and two Philadelphia PGA Junior Golf Awards (1995,1996).
McCall has also served as Head Golf Instructor at McCall Cecchett Academy (1999-2007) and was Head Golf Professional at Maple Dale Golf and Country Club in Dover, Del., from 1965 to 2004. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he was inducted into the Wesley College Athletics Hall-of-Fame in 2015.
“Delaware State is extremely grateful that a coach and teacher of Rick McCall’s legendary status has accepted the offer to lead our women’s golf program as interim head coach,” said Gines. “There’s no doubt our team will greatly benefit from his years of experience and wisdom.”
Thornton left his Delaware State post to accept a position as Director of Tennis and Tennis Center Manager for the City of Orlando, Fla.
His accomplishments with the Hornets include a third place showing at the 29th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship in 2015, second place finishes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Showcase each year the team competed in the event and four all-conference honorees.
Earlier this month, the Women’s Golf Coaches Association honored the Hornets as the Division I recipient of the annual Mark Laesch Award for year-to-year adjusted stroke average per individual per round. Delaware State posted an improvement of 21.5 strokes from the 2016-17 to 2017-18 seasons.
In addition, Delaware State’s Aisha Peete was selected as a 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine (formerly Black Issues in Higher Education) during Thornton’s tenure with the Hornets. The prestigious award was created in 1992 to recognize high school and collegiate student-athletes who emulate the legacy of the late Arthur Ashe, the African-American tennis great, civil rights leader and humanitarian.
“On behalf of the Delaware State University family, I applaud coach Thornton for his leadership, direction and vision while serving as DSU’s inaugural Head Women’s Golf Coach and his hard work in the successful launch of the program,” said Gines. “I extend best wishes to Scott in his exciting new career opportunity.”