Dan York has been the face of Wallace State golf for three decades and is among the pioneers for the sport in the Alabama Community College Conference. Due to York's impact on golf in the ACCC and NJCAA, he was unanimously elected to the ACCC Hall of Fame.
York has led the Wallace State's men's golf team since 1987 and served as the women's head coach at the college for three seasons after the program was established in 2015.
York, a 1968 graduate of Cullman High School, has always had a passion for golf, excelling as a player and coach. He played collegiately at St. Bernard College, lettering for four seasons, and earning a degree in physical education. York graduated from St. Bernard College in 1974. He also served in the United States Air Force from 1969-72.
From St. Bernard, York earned his first teaching and coaching job at Fairview High School, where he coached golf for two seasons. York ventured into the private business sector after his tenure at Fairview, but returned to golf as Wallace State's coach in the late 1980s.
Wallace State golf has experienced phenomenal success under York's leadership, winning 13 ACCC/Region 22 championships and making 23 all-time appearances at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Championships. The first conference championship for Wallace State golf came in 1992 under York, and the team won five of the next six league titles. The program won three consecutive ACCC titles under York as recently as 2014-2016.
York has led Wallace State men's golf to three NJCAA Division I national runner-up finishes in 1993, 1996 and 2014 and had two individual Wallace State golfers (Aksel Olsen, 2013 and Cooper Brown, 2014) win the Arnold Palmer Award as the nation's low medalist at the NJCAA National Championships.
During his Wallace State tenure, York has coached 21 NJCAA Division I All-Americans and more than 40 NJCAA Academic All-Americans. At Wallace State, York has coached future professional PGA Tour players Brett Wetterich and Fredrik Jacobsen in addition to future players on other professional tours such as the Web.com, Nationwide and European Tours.
York also coached future country music star Kip Moore at Wallace State.
York's teams have won NJCAA Academic Team of the Year honors on three occasions, recognizing the top GPA in the sport across the entire nation.
York was a 2010 NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee and has also been shrined into the Cullman County Hall of Fame.
York has two daughters, Leslie Hollingsworth and Natalie Tielking, and six grandchildren.