USCB filled its two open golf coach positions with one hire.
The Sand Sharks announced Tuesday the hiring of Bryan Bessinger to lead both the men’s and women’s teams. He replaces women’s coach Brittany Dabule, who left accepted the same position at Longwood, and men’s coach Danny Allen, who left to pursue other opportunities.
“Hiring the right coach to join the Sand Shark community and family has always ranked as one of my highest priorities. This hire is no different,” director of athletics Quin Monahan told the school’s official athletics website. “We are excited that Bessinger has accepted the offer to join our family as the head men’s and women’s golf coach.”
Bessinger comes to USCB after two seasons as an assistant coach at Webber International — a fellow Sun Conference member — where he assisted with evaluating national and international recruits, managing budget and team travel logistics, overseeing player development, and directing dual matches and tournaments hosted by Webber International.
Prior to his stop at Webber, Bessinger was the assistant tournament director at the Future Collegians World Tour in Clearwater, Fla.
It will be Bessinger’s second stint in the Lowcountry, having spent 12 years on Hilton Head Island before relocating to Florida. He started his coaching career at the Junior Players Golf Academy, where he worked for four years, then spent 2009-12 working as an assistant golf professional at Moss Creek Golf Club.
From 2013-17, Bessinger worked as the lead golf coach at Target Line Golf Academy, which he founded.
Bessinger earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration from USC Aiken in 2002, with a focus in marketing and golf course services. While at Webber International, he earned his master of business administration with a concentration in sport business management in 2019.
Both Sand Shark golf teams get their seasons started in the next week. The men travel to Pooler to compete against SCAD on Friday, and the women open the season by hosting the Sand Shark Invitational on Sept. 16-17 at Oldfield Golf Club.