David Pennell
David Pennell
Title: Head Golf Coach
Phone: 803.786.3873
Email: dpennell@columbiasc.edu

David Pennell joined the Athletic Staff at Columbia College as Head Golf Coach in July, 2013, bringing with him a wealth of experience and knowledge.

David credits his father with being the most influential person in his life, who introduced him to the game of golf as early as age 5. His dad became a PGA Professional about the time his own military career was ending. David’s desire was to follow in his father’s footsteps, which was the beginning of what has become a lengthy career.

During the early years, David played collegiate golf at UNC-Asheville, and it was in 1977 that David became a PGA Professional. During the ensuing years, David’s career in coaching began in many different sports including basketball, football, and golf in both middle school and high school settings.

David’s collegiate coaching career began in the year 2000. The many teams he coached received numerous accolades which include but are not limited to the following:

5 Tournament Championships

10 All Conference student-athletes in AAC

1 NAIA All-Region XII student-athlete in Women’s Golf

11 All Academic AAC student-athletes

6 time NAIA Champion of Character in the AAC – 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014

2007 AAC Conference Champions in Women’s Golf

AAC Runner-up in Women’s Golf – 2008, 2009, 2010

NAIA Region XII Champions in Women’s Golf – 2007

NAIA National Champion of Character Runner-up in Women’s Golf – 2012


David’s professional accomplishments are many, including:

Starting 15th year as Head Collegiate Coach, 2nd at Columbia College.

34-year Retired Class A life member of the PGA

Past Tournament Chairman, Men’s Golf in AAC – 2001-2009

Past Tournament Chairman, Women’s Golf in AAC – 2007-2011

Past NAIA Rater for Men’s Golf in the AAC from 2003-2010

Current Rater for Women’s Golf in the AAC from 2007 to Present

Served on Tournament Committee for the NAIA Women’s National Championship, 2011-2013

2007 AAC/NAIA Region XII Coach of the Year in Women’s Golf


David stated, “It is an honor and privilege to be able to coach at a beautiful college like Columbia. I am very blessed by God to be a part of this great Athletic Department.”


David comes to Columbia from the Asheville, NC area. He has 3 children: Charles David Pennell, who is 33 and lives in Harrisburg; also Stephanie Diane Pennell, 22, and Ryan Daniel Pennell, 20, of Fletcher. David also has one grandchild, Charles Beckett Pennell, who is 2 years-old and lives in Harrisburg.

Keith Davis
Keith Davis
Title: Assistant Golf Coach
Organization: Columbia College
City: Columbia
State: South Carolina
ZIP Code: 29203
Phone: 803-513-2519

This is the third season at Columbia College for Coach Davis. Coach Davis has been with the Golf program since it was started in 2012.  He was assistant coach at the high school level before joining The Koalas.

"I really love working with these young ladies, as I get a lot of satisfaction seeing the growth that the girls have not only as golfers, but as students and as young adults," Coach Davis said.

"We have a good group of talented golfers and I think we're getting better each year.  I enjoy working with Coach Pennell, he treats me with great respect and always includes me in the decision making process. We have become true friends."

Coach Davis is married and lives with his wife Gail and their children Dylan, Chayton, Nash and Paris, near Lake Wateree. They are long time members of the Ebenezer Methodist Church.