T.D. Luten is in his fifth season as assistant coach for the Duke men’s golf team after joining the program in January 2013 as director of operations. His current priorities include managing the team’s recruiting activities, player skill assessment and development, practice planning, assisting with the Rod Myers Invitational and annual development strategy. He is also the program’s director of emotional competence.
During Luten’s tenure, Duke has won eight tournaments, claimed the 2013 ACC Championship, qualified for NCAA Regionals three times and advanced to the NCAA Championships once.
Luten helped Duke establish a new single-season team scoring record with an average of 288.09 in 2015-16, as the Blue Devils turned in six under-par tournaments and four team members posted sub-73.00 scoring averages.
Luten helped guide Duke to the NCAA Championships in 2014-15 after a three-year absence. In his first season with the program, the Blue Devils captured the ACC crown for the first time in nearly a decade.
Luten grew up in the Triangle and has spent the majority of his life in the area. He joined the Duke men’s golf program after serving as Executive Director of The First Tee of the Triangle from 2005-12. In his role with the organization, Luten oversaw a program that grew from an annual operating budget of $42,000 to one of nearly $400,000. The growth was due in part to Luten’s development of a 20-person Board of Directors who served three-year terms and included some of the top executives in the Triangle area.
Under Luten’s leadership, the program grew from 128 members to nearly 3,000 annual participants in programs that seek to teach young people core values, build character and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. During Luten’s tenure with the organization, he was able to build the instructor base from eight volunteers to 160 and he also built relationships with 21 programming locations that included private golf clubs, public courses and driving ranges.
Luten oversaw the chapter’s National School Program, which trains physical educators to deliver The First Tee’s Life Skills curriculum in elementary schools. More than 43,000 students at 52 elementary schools in Wake and Chatham counties had access to the program at the end of Luten’s tenure, making The First Tee of the Triangle the largest chapter in the Southeast/Mid-Atlantic Region.
In recognition of his efforts with The First Tee of the Triangle, Luten received the Youth Commitment & Development Award from the NC Community Heroes Organization in 2008. He was also elected to The First Tee’s National Advisory Committee in both 2007 and 2008.
In addition to working with The First Tee, Luten played an important role in developing the Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) International Mentoring Program and outreach programs that involved Communities in Schools, the Oberlin Road YWCA, the Energize Youth Program for Raleigh Parks and Recreation, Special Olympics and the Wake Forest and Raleigh Boys & Girls Clubs.
A 1999 graduate of Hampton with a degree in U.S. history, Luten was a scholarship member of the Pirates’ men’s golf program for four years and was an honorable mention National Minority Golf Coaches Association All-America selection. Luten earned a certificate of non-profit management from Duke in 2008.
Luten got his start in the game under the tutelage of both his father and current Duke Golf Club General Manager Ed Ibarguen. He also attended former Duke head coach Rod Myers’ golf camps in the summers as a child.
Luten currently resides in Raleigh with his wife, Lisa, and their two dogs, Jack and Montana.