The Sacred Heart University Department of Athletics is mourning the loss of Don Samatulski, assistant men's and women's golf coach, who passed away suddenly this morning at the age of 66.
"We are shocked and saddened by the news of Don's passing," said Bobby Valentine, Executive Director of Athletics. "We extend the thoughts and prayers of the entire Sacred Heart University community to his family at this difficult time."
"Don has been a friend, mentor and confidant to me for many years," said Matt McGreevy, head Men's and Women's Golf Coach. "Words cannot express the sadness I feel today. Don was a wonderful person who made an impact on all of those he met. Our hearts are heavy today."
Don joined the SHU family in August 2015 and helped the Pioneer women's golf team to a runner-up finish at the 2016 Northeast Conference Championships.
Don has been a main stay in the golfing community for more than four decades, as a golf professional, player and coach. In 2008, he was named the NCAA Division II Northeast Coach of the Year at Pace University. As an assistant coach at Post University, he helped the squad to an NCAA Tournament berth in his first season. As an amateur, Don finished 28th at the 1973 United States Public Links Championship.
Don is survived by his daughter Kara Samatulski, his sister Carol Samatulski, his former spouse Mary Ellen Samatulski, and two stepsons Gregor and Kurt Bobowick. Friends are invited to greet Don's family on Monday March 20, 2017 from 5 to 7 PM in the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Rd. Shelton, Conn. His funeral service will be Private.