is in his second season as the head coach of men’s golf at the University of
Connecticut and was named to the position on August 24, 2007.
Pezzino came to UConn after spending one year as an assistant coach at the University of Illinois and 11 previous seasons
as a head coach at the collegiate level.
“We are absolutely thrilled to announce the hiring of Dave as our new golf
coach,” said Director of Athletics Jeff Hathaway at the time of Pezzino's
hiring. “He is a first class individual who is well-respected
throughout the golf coaching and teaching community. His experiences as a
college coach, recruiter and fund-raiser are going to make him a perfect fit
with our department and the University. As importantly, his commitment to
academic excellence is something we all share and look forward to the
continuation of that standard within our program.”
“I am grateful and incredibly excited for the opportunity to lead the
University of Connecticut golf program,” said Pezzino. “I see this program as a
diamond in the rough and am thankful to Jeff Hathaway for the chance to
represent UConn at the highest level on the course, in the classroom and in the
community. I am especially excited to bring my wife and boys to a wonderful area
of the country and look forward to my family and I being a part of the UConn
Athletics family for a long time to come. I would also like to thank Mike Small
and the great people at Illinois for their help and friendship over the past
Pezzino (pronounced Pezz-EENO) spent seven years, from August of 1999 to May
of 2006, at Florida International as the head coach of the women’s golf program.
He led FIU to four tournament victories and ten individual titles during his
tenure and coached ten All-Sun Belt Conference selections, including 2001 NGCA
All-American Michelle Simpson. He had three student-athletes earn Academic
All-American recognition and five former team members that are currently playing
During his time at Florida International, Pezzino also worked at the Jim
McLean Golf School at Doral Golf Resort, one of the premier golf teaching
facilities in the world. He earned the status of master instructor, one of few
instructors in the country to reach that level for McLean.
“Dave Pezzino did an outstanding job working for me at Doral,” said McLean.
“He has a keen interest in the development of young people and will do a great
job for the University of Connecticut golf program.”
Pezzino played his collegiate golf at St. Thomas University in Miami, where
he became a student-head coach during his senior year of 1996-97. Upon
graduation, he continued to serve as the head men’s coach at St. Thomas until
August of 1999. He led St. Thomas to consecutive NAIA National Championship
appearances in 1998 and 1999, and was named Florida Sun Conference Coach of the
Year in ’98, leading the squad to the conference title. He coached six
individuals to all-conference honors during his tenure.
Pezzino has worked with three of Golf Digest’s Top 100 Instructors, and five
of his former student-athletes are now golf professionals playing on various
tours. His golf background also includes conducting junior golf clinics for
Miami-Dade County and working for the South Florida PGA Section as a Rules
Pezzino was born on 3/22/72 in North Haven, Conn. and spent seven years
living in Connecticut during his adolescent years. He attended Northern
Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, N.J. while living in Mahwah, N.J..
He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports administration from St. Thomas in 1997.
Dave and his wife, Kristy were married in 1998. They are the parents of
twins, Joseph and Matthew, born 2/26/04.