As UTEP’s “Picks Up Podcast” rolls into the new year, the first installment of 2021 features an appearance by new UTEP men’s golf coach Derek Plucienski.
The Slidell, La. native discusses his career path and his return to Conference USA at the helm of the Miner program this spring.
Plucienski was an All-Conference USA player at Southern Miss before rising through the coaching ranks and spending the last year and a half as the head coach at McNeese State University.
He was assistant coach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from 2018-19. Prior to launching his collegiate coaching career, Plucienski served as the Tournament and Operations Manager for the Gulf States Section PGA from 2016-17, directing over 25 Section events annually.
Before that, he spent a year with the APT Professional Golf Tour as a Tournament Operations Director, overseeing 26 events during the season.
Hosted by “Voice of the Miners” Jon Teicher, the podcast takes an inside look at UTEP Athletics, offering perspectives and analysis not available anywhere else.
The “Picks Up Podcast” airs weekly, with special guests including Miner coaches, staff, student-athletes and alumni.