Mark Riddle, a Lander University graduate and member of the Athletic Department Board for two decades, has been named the new head golf coach at Lander. Riddle will take over the men's and women's programs following the completion of the 2017-18 season.
"I'm very excited to announce Mark Riddle as our new head men's and women's golf coach," said Brian Reese, Lander's athletic director. "Besides a very well-rounded golf experience, Mark brings a unique skill set that I know will enhance our student-athlete experience and help prepare our student-athletes for success on and off the course. Every venture that Mark has been involved in has been very successful and I'm extremely confident that this success will carry over into our golf programs and our entire athletic department. Mark has very solid ties and connections to the golf community in Greenwood and throughout the state of South Carolina. I am positive that he will continue to foster the success of our golf programs."
Riddle spent the last 24 years working in television as a creator and executive producer. He was the creator and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning children's television shows "Dooley and Pals" and "BJ's Teddy Bear Club and Bible Stories." Riddle also served as the executive producer of the 2016 musical drama "Divine Will." He started Little Heart Entertainment in 2002 and has served as the company's president for the past 16 years.
"I'm excited about the opportunity," said Riddle. "I know Coach Bagwell has done a great job at Lander and I want to continue that tradition. I'm at a time in my life where I can do something like this and I want to be able to give back to Lander. I'm just excited about the things we have in place here."
Riddle spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Emerald High School boys and girls golf programs from 2015-16. The Viking girls qualified for the South Carolina 3A State Tournament in both years, finishing ninth in 2015 and sixth in 2016.
A 1984 graduate of Lander, Riddle and his wife, Sheila, have one daughter, Morgan, and one son, Hunter. Morgan played soccer at Erskine for two seasons, while Hunter played soccer at North Greenville and Winthrop.