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Dennis has held the title of Grundy Center head boys golf coach since 1990, with the Spartans winning state titles in 2003 and 2005.  While making numerous state tournament appearances over the past 25 years is rewarding, Dennis has found the mere process of advancing and qualifying through the post-season tournament trail against the many talented northeast Iowa squads equally special moments for his teams.  More than 50 Spartan golfers, during his leadership, have had the thrill of enjoying the state tournament experience.

A Grundy Center and University of Northern Iowa graduate, Dennis spent 30 years teaching business, physical education and drivers education in his hometown before retiring in 2013.  He continues to remain active in the district heading the summer drivers education program, substitute teaching, while still coaching junior high boys basketball and golf.

Dennis is married to his wife (Cindy) who retired from 34 years of teaching kindergarten in the Grundy Center system.  They have three children (Jordan) a human resource officer, (Trina) a physical therapist, and (Kylie) a human services representative.  Cindy and Dennis enjoy 11 grandchildren.

Dennis' e-mail address is:  ddirks@spartanpride.net