Assistant DMACC men's and women's golf coach Larry Briley (above, third from right) has been inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women's Golf Coaches Hall of Fame. Pictured with Briley are (left to right) DMACC Athletics Director B.J. McGinn, DMACC women's golfers Ashley Martin and Meg Thompson, and Briley's wife, Krista. Standing to Briley's left are former Iowa State University golf standout Shelley Finnestad, and DMACC men's and women's golf head coach Chris Seaboch.
Briley started the DMACC women’s golf program in 2004.
Briley restarted the DMACC men’s golf program in 2007.
Briley has coached a total of 54 DMACC female athletes at the NJCAA Women’s Golf Championship.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has announced that DMACC assistant men’s and women’s golf coach has been inducted into the NJCAA Women’s Golf Coaches Hall of Fame. He was enshrined as a member of the 2023 class.
Induction ceremonies were held May 8 in Garden City, Kan., site of the 2023 NJCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship.
Briley said he was taken by complete surprise when he heard the news that he would be inducted into the Women’s Golf Hall of Fame. The news came via DMACC men’s and women’s golf coach Chris Seaboch, who told Briley and members of the women’s team after a recent practice.
“I had no idea,” Briley said. “I’m excited and proud that it happened.”
Briley said he is only the fifth person to be inducted and that he knows the other four inductees well.
“It’s pretty cool,” he said.
“I’m really happy for Larry,” DMACC Athletics Director B.J. McGinn said. “He’s done one heck of a job in a lot of areas for us.”
Briley is responsible for starting the Des Moines Area Community College Women's Golf program in 2004 and re-starting the Men's Golf program in 2007. After serving as head coach of the women's golf team for 12 years and the men's team for nine years, Briley currently holds the position of assistant coach for the Bears. His career at Des Moines Area spans more than 19 years for women's golf with the Bears, making 18 NJCAA Women's Golf Championship appearances. Briley qualified either an individual or team in 18 of his 19 years with the women's golf program.
Briley has coached a total of 54 female athletes at the NJCAA Women's Golf Championship and has qualified 10 teams for the national tournament. He has also coached a total of 35 male athletes at the national tournament, including 13 years of either a team or individual qualifying. Briley has made a combined 31 national championship appearances with 89 student-athletes at the national championship and five All-Americans.
Before joining the Des Moines Area coaching staff, Briley spent several years caddying for Boone, Iowa, native and Iowa State Unviersity standout Shelley Finnestad on the LPGA Tour including the 1998 U.S. Women's Open. He has used his many years of experience and knowledge to help shape and grow his student-athletes, resulting in a large number of athletes moving on to all levels of golf, including Division I, II, III and NAIA.
For more information, contact: B.J. McGinn, (515) 433-5049