Danny Sinksen named USD head golf coach Joel Nielsen, director of athletics at The University of South Dakota, has announced that Danny Sinksen has been named head coach of the menâ�?�?s and womenâ�?�?s golf teams. Sinksen replaces Tim Sheridan, who resigned after last season. â�?�?Iâ�?�?m looking forward to the challenges that will come with the transition to NCAA Division I,â�? said Sinksen. â�?�?Iâ�?�?m excited to continue working with the group of athletes we have at USD. They know how I operate and they know the type of coaching style I have.â�? This past season Sinksen was an assistant under Sheridan, spending time with both programs. He coached Wally Byrne who qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Since 2006, Sinksen has played as a pro on the Dakota Tour. He has played in 14 events in the past two years, including a first place finish at the 2007 Westward Ho tournament. While on the tour he finished in third place at the Pinnacle Exceptional Drive competition. Sinksen currently works at Elmwood Golf Course in Sioux Falls, as an instructor and inventory manager. Part of his instructor duties include working with the First Tee program and junior golf camps. In 2006 he was a caddie at Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson, NV, working with players on their course management and swing skills. Prior to his stint at Lake Las Vegas Resort, he was at the John Means Golf Camps in River Falls, WI. Sinksen earned his bachelorâ�?�?s degree from Missouri Southern State University in 2005. He was a captain on the golf team while earning All-MIAA and Academic All-MIAA honors. The University of South Dakota will begin its first year of transition to NCAA Division I in 2008-09.