Catana Starks, Ph.D. '89

Catana Starks, Ph.D. '89

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Retired Golf Coach, Tennessee State University
Nashville, TN
Ed.D., College of Education

  • The first African American woman to coach an all men's Division 1 NCAA golf team
  • Inspired main character in the film, From the Rough, portrayed by Taraji P. Henson
  • Chair of the Tennessee State University department of Human Performance and Sports Science
  • Coached former golfers; Rob Reed (Head coach of the TSU football team), Sam Puryear (Director of Golf Operations at Queens University), Robert Dinwiddie (All-American golfer at TSU) and Sean Foley (former swing coach for Tiger Woods)
  • Led TSU to the National Minority Golf Championship, with the all-time best score record for the tournament
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