MORROW - Head Clayton State men's golf coach Hank Kim has been promoted to Athletics Development Officer in addition to his coaching duties effective immediately as announced by Director of Athletics Ryan Erlacher on Tuesday, July 9.
A graduate of North Carolina State, former student-athlete for the Wolfpack and professional golfer, Kim is the fourth longest tenured member of the Lakers staff. He joined the men's golf program as an assistant coach in 2012 under Steve Runge and then served as the interim head coach for the 2014-15 season before assuming the permanent position the following season.
Throughout out his playing, coaching and business career, Kim has developed numerous relationships with individuals in the community as well as with prominent companies. His new duties will focus on furthering those relationships in a way that will be beneficial to Clayton State Athletics and the student-athletes that it serves.
"We are thrilled Coach Kim has accepted our offer to serve as our Athletics Development Officer," said Erlacher in a press release. "He is a tremendous leader and is well known and respected throughout the community. Coach Kim will represent our Department with class and I have no doubt he will do an exceptional job in this new role."
As an assistant he was part of the 2014 team that qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament and finished 14-of-27 at the South/Southeast Regional and has led the program to sustained success during his time as head coach.
In his first year at the helm, Alex Vetnar nearly claimed a Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship, missing by just a stroke, before Keith Egan qualified for the NCAA Tournament as an individual in both 2016 and 2017.
The 2018-19 campaign would be his most successful as he led Clayton State back to the NCAA Division II Tournament as a team for the first time since that 2014 campaign. That squad would finish No. 32 in the country in Golfstat's Relative-to-Par Rankings, 16th in the South/Southeast Regional and fourth in the PBC Championships.
Additionally, the program delivered five top five finishes, including a 2-of-22 outing at the Bearcat Classic, while seeing Andres Caballero earn All-PBC Second-Team honors and Kim named PBC Co-Coach of the Year. The latter was the just the second time in program history.
His new duties will see him expand upon what he has been involved with previously and that is to cultivate new and maintain existing relationships with community partners and individual donors as well as serving as the primary coordinator for the annual Laker Golf Classic.
Kim will also work to set annual goals and increase revenue from the Classic while aiding with the promotion of the Laker Club and Give4Dreams as well as other development initiatives and projects. Additionally, he will also serve as a liaison between the Laker Club Advisory Board and Clayton State Athletics.
"I am very excited to take on the role of Development Officer for the Athletics Department," said Kim in a press release. "My goal is to provide awareness and support through any avenue necessary for Clayton State Athletics. Ryan and I have great ideas and strategies to make a significant difference in our department and I look forward to reaching out to individuals in our community that can help us reach those goals."