DURHAM, N.C. - T.D. Luten has been named director of golf operations for the Duke men's golf program, head coach Jamie Green announced on Wednesday. Luten joins the program after spending the previous seven years as the executive director of The First Tee of the Triangle.
Luten will handle a variety of administrative duties for the program as well as play a vital role in donor, sponsor and alumni engagement. In addition, he will organize and run the Rod Myers Invitational while also overseeing Duke's recruiting efforts.
"I was really excited about the chance to hire T.D.," said Green. "His vibrant and engaging personality allows him to work well with influential people both on the national and local scale. We were first exposed to him through the team's involvement with the First Tee program and were immediately impressed with his ability gain the trust of our players and staff. He has made a quick impact with our players and we look forward to further development and growth with him on board."
While with The First Tee of the Triangle, Luten oversaw a 300% growth in revenue and increased the donor base from 40 people in 2005 to over 600 by the time of his departure. He was also integral in developing partnerships with various groups including the Carolina Hurricanes, Rex Open, SAS Championship, Lenovo, Captrust, RBC Bank, Bank of America, Bayer Crop Science, First Citizens Bank, the USGA, Blue Cross & Blue Shield NC, PNC Bank, Golden Corral & Wal-Mart. Luten, a member of the First Tee's National Advisory Committee in 2007 and 2008, also managed a staff of six employees, 15 instructors and over 130 volunteers.
Luten spent two years as the director of development for The First Tee of Metropolitan New York prior to moving to the Raleigh-Durham area. He led the creation of the development plan for a $1.2 million budget, while also raising $34K by partnering with MasterCard for a major donor cultivating fundraiser. Luten also worked with Directors of Strategic Partnerships at ConEdison and New York Yankees to develop corporate partnership programs that raised $50K in annual funds and created a corporate volunteer program. In addition, he developed annual contribution and program plan focusing on health and wellness with PepsiCo.
A 1999 graduate of Hampton University, Luten has also been heavily involved in the Raleigh community working with Communities in Schools, Oberlin Road YWCA, Energize Youth Program of Raleigh Parks and Rec, Chavis Community Center and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake Forest and Raleigh. Luten received the Youth Commitment and Development Awards from N.C. Community Heroes in 2008 for his work with various volunteer organizations.
While in New York, he also helped develop the Royal Bank of Scotland Mentoring Program.
Luten was a four-year letterwinner in golf at Hampton and earned National Minority Golf Coaches All-America honors in 1999. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in U.S. History in 1999 and also received a certificate of nonprofit management from Duke University in 2008.