July 11, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Head Coach Chris Haack of the Georgia men’s golf team has added the title of Director of Golf, according to an announcement Wednesday by UGA Director of Athletics Greg McGarity.
In addition, Jim Douglas has been promoted to Associate Head Coach. He has logged two stints as Haack’s Assistant Coach, totaling 11 seasons.
Haack will continue to serve as the Bulldogs’ Head Coach and will be entering his 17th season this fall. As Director of Golf, Haack will serve as the liaison between the Athletic Association and the UGA Golf Course, will oversee the Boyd Center and the adjacent practice facilities, and will be available as counsel to first-year women’s Head Coach Josh Brewer.
“Chris is an exceptional leader, and after 16 years at the helm of our men’s program, he is very deserving of this recognition,” McGarity said. “This designation will streamline our communication efforts with the University of Georgia Golf Course staff, and Chris will be able to provide a very high level of leadership and guidance to all areas of our golf program.”
Haack has led Georgia to two national championships and seven Southeastern Conference titles. He has been chosen as the National Coach of the Year twice and as the SEC Coach of the Year five times. Fifty-one of Haack’s players have garnered All-America honors, while all of the team and individual school records have been set during his tenure. He has piloted the Bulldogs to 47 tournament titles, the most in school history, and has at least one win in 14 of his previous 16 years. Haack’s Bulldogs also have performed well academically, with the team earning seven Faculty Athletic Representative Awards and 12 players being named Scholar All-Americans.
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve Georgia Golf in this way, and I am looking forward to my new responsibilities,” Haack said. “We have such a special program, and I want to assist our men and women as they continue to try to reach new heights. I believe our program has a bright future, and I will do whatever I can to assure that. I am available to our men and women to help them excel in the classroom and on the golf course.”
Douglas was Haack’s assistant from 1997 through 2005, helping the Bulldogs win the 1999 and 2005 NCAA titles along with four SEC titles. He served parts of the 2010 season as a volunteer coach and returned to the staff in January of 2011.
“Jim will have more responsibilities with the day-to-day operations of our men’s team,” Haack said. “This is a role he’s ready for. He knows everything there is to know about our program and the way things need to be done. He’s been my right-hand man for many years, and we are lucky to have him in Athens.”