Chris Haack was named the Georgia men's golf coach on July 18,1996 - and he has taken to Bulldogs to a new level of success.
Haack has guided the Bulldogs to two national championships (the only two in school history), seven Southeastern Conference crowns, 49 team tournament titles, and several squad and individual records. In April of 2012, Bubba Watson, an All-American for Haack in 2000, became the first Bulldog to win a professional major as he captured the Masters title. And in 2013, six former Bulldogs -- Watson, Erik Compton, Russell Henley, Chris Kirk, Brian Harman and Harris English -- advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs.
In July of 2012, Haack was named the Director of Golf. He serves as the liaison between the Athletic Association and the UGA Golf Course, oversees the Boyd Center and the adjacent practice facilities, and is available as counsel to women's coach Josh Brewer.
The Bulldogs have eight top-10 showings at the NCAAs in the last 15 years, including the 1999 and 2005 national titles and runner-up efforts in 2007 and 2011. Haack has developed 51 All-Americans during his tenure, including at least one in 15 of the past 16 seasons.
Haack's charges picked up two titles last year, winning the Brickyard Collegiate Championship and the Bulldog Battle at Mountain Lake. That extended his school-record figure to 49. Haack has led the Bulldogs to at least one victory in 14 of his previous 16 seasons. T.J. Mitchell, the Bulldogs' lone senior, was a First-Team All-SEC pick, while sophomore Nicholas Reach made the Second Team and Lee McCoy was named to the SEC's All-Freshman Team.
In 2011-12, Haack took a quintet of one junior, three sophomores and one freshman to the NCAAs, where Georgia came in 17th. Sophomore Keith Mitchell earned Honorable Mention All-America honors.
Haack piloted the 2010-11 Bulldogs to the final match of the NCAAs. English, Henley and Hudson Swafford capped their stellar collegiate careers with All-America recognition.
In 2009-10, Haack coached Henley to National and SEC Player of the Year honors. He also guided the Bulldogs to three wins, including the SEC Championship. In the Williams Intercollegiate, Haack's squad made up a 15-shot deficit after two rounds to win by one stroke - the largest rally in his tenure.
The 2008-09 Bulldogs won five tournaments, including the SEC title. His Bulldogs finished No. 1 in the final Golfstat poll and came in third at the NCAAs. The 2007-08 Bulldogs finished the year with the No. 1 ranking. Haack's team won three times and came in eighth at the NCAAs. In 2006-07, Georgia won five out of seven tournaments. Despite placing second at the NCAAs, Georgia held the final No. 1 ranking. In 2005-06, Haack led the Bulldogs to a school-record-tying six tournament wins and he was chosen as the SEC Coach of the Year. He also was selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America as the 2006 head coach for the United States Palmer Cup Team.
The Bulldogs won three tournaments in 2004-05 - including the most memorable one in the spring as Georgia capped the season with a wire-to-wire win at the NCAAs. Haack was chosen as the National Coach of the Year.
Haack's 2003-04 Bulldogs won the SEC title. In 2002-03, his Bulldogs finished 16th at the NCAAs and third at the SECs, but cracked the win column at the Tennessee Tournament of Champions Though his 2001-02 Bulldogs did not win a tournament, Haack was recognized as one of the nation's top coaches as he was chosen as coach for Team USA for the Palmer Cup.
Haack's 2000-01 Bulldogs won six events, including a school-record four straight, and finished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation. Haack's 1999-2000 Bulldogs won three tournaments and he earned SEC Coach of the Year honors.
Haack's breakthrough season with the Bulldogs came in 1998-99. No Georgia team had ever ascended to the No. 1 spot in the polls, but Haack's team did so early in the spring campaign. The Bulldogs later validated their ranking by winning the program's first national championship. Haack was named National Coach of the Year.
In 1997-98, Haack led Georgia to four wins, including its first SEC crown since 1988. Haack's first Georgia squad in 1996-97 showed glimpses of what lay ahead as the youthful Bulldogs finished fourth or better in seven of 11 events and advanced to the NCAA Regional.
Before being named Georgia's coach, Haack was a driving force for the American Junior Golf Association. He joined the AJGA in 1981 as a tournament director before becoming director of operations in 1984 and director of development in 1985. He also served a seven-year stint as captain of the Canon Cup West Team, squads that included Tiger Woods and Chris Riley. In an initiative begun as foundation director from 1988-90, he also organized and established fund-raising programs to build surplus moneys for the AJGA's perpetuity, bringing in more than $750,000 for the foundation and other junior programs. Haack served as assistant executive director from 1990-96, helping manage a staff of 22 and an annual budget of $2.5 million. Additionally, he helped oversee the running of 38 events and 19 qualifiers nationwide.
The recipient of the AJGA Sportsmanship Award, Haack graduated from Newnan High School in 1978. He attended West Georgia College, where he played on the golf team, and he received his degree from Mellen.
Haack and his wife, Tori, have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Katie.
1999, 2005 National Coach of the Year
1998, 2000, 2006, 2010 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Yea
2 National Championships (1999, 2005)
7 Southeastern Conference Championships (1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010)
51 All-Americans (8 1st Team, 16 2nd Team, 6 3rd Team, 21 Honorable Mention)
55 All-Southeastern Conference Selections (32 1st Team, 23 2nd Team)
1 Ben Hogan Award Winner
1 Fred Haskins Award Winner
4 Southeastern Conference Players of the Year
7 Southeastern Conference Freshmen of the Year
49 Team Championships
36 Individual Medalists
12 Scholar All-Americans
1 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient
8 Faculty Athletic Representative Awards (highest team GPA at Georgia)
6 Team and Individual School Records
2001, 2006 U.S. Palmer Cup Coach