Former Nittany Lion Golfer Adam Decker Returns to Penn State as Assistant Coach

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State College, Pa. - September 23, 2004 - Former Penn State Nittany Lion golfer Adam Decker has been named the assistant men's golf coach at Penn State, replacing former assistant Kirk Kayden, who left Penn State to become head coach at Appalachian State.

"I am extremely pleased to have Adam back at Penn State after playing professionally for the last six years," Lion head coach Greg Nye said. "The team will gain greatly from his collegiate golf experiences as a Nittany Lion and the insight he will bring from playing professionally."

Decker, an All-American at Penn State in 1997, brings a lengthy list of collegiate accolades back to Happy Valley. He is fourth on Penn State's all-time scoring leader list, with a 74.90 scoring average from '94 through '97. In addition to being an All-American in '97, Decker was a two-time NCAA All-Region pick and the 1997 Regional Player of the Year. He was the 1997 Eastern Individual Champion.

Decker was the individual regional runner-up in 1996, helping to lead Penn State to the NCAA Finals, becoming the first northeastern team to qualify for the final round through the regional format.

"I am excited to be back in Happy Valley," Decker said. "Being a student-athlete here was a great experience. Moving into coaching, especially here at Penn State, is where I want to be. I enjoy the competitive process and I'm excited to rejoin the program."




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