Chris Haack, the 2010 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year, was named the Georgia men's golf coach on July 18,1996 - and he not only has sustained the Bulldogs' lofty standards but he has pushed them to a new level.
Haack has guided the Bulldogs to two national championships (the only two in school history), seven Southeastern Conference crowns, 44 tournament victories, and several team and individual records.
The Bulldogs have seven top-10 showings at the NCAA Championships in the last 12 years, including the 1999 and 2005 national titles. Many of Haack's players have been honored nationally and by the SEC for their efforts on the course, in the classroom and in the community. In fact, Haack has developed 46 All-Americans during his tenure, 10 more than the next-closest school in that span.
With 44 tournament victories, Haack has matched the school record set by his predecessor, Hall-of-Famer Dick Copas. Haack has led Georgia to at least one win in 12 of his 14 seasons.
In 2009-10, Haack coached Russell Henley to National and SEC Player of the Year honors, while Henley and Harris English earned All-America status under Haack's tutelage. Haack piloted the Bulldogs to three tournament titles, including the SEC Championship. The SEC title was Haack's seventh, including his sixth in the 2000s, and the program's 28th. Haack's Bulldogs also won the Charleston Shootout and the Morris Williams Intercollegiate. 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.
In 2008-09, the 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 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.
Haack's 2002-03 Bulldogs finished 16th at the NCAA Championships 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 still was recognized as one of the nation's top coaches. 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 No. 1 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 West Canon Cup 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, 2009, 2010 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year
2 National Championships (1999, 2005)
7 Southeastern Conference Championships (1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010)
47 All-Americans (8 1st Team, 15 2nd Team, 6 3rd Team, 18 Honorable Mention)
51 All-Southeastern Conference Selections: (31 1st Team, 20 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
44 Team Championships
31 Individual Medalists
11 Scholar All-Americans
1 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient
7 Faculty Athletic Representative Awards (highest team GPA at Georgia)
6 Team and Individual School Records
2001, 2006 U.S. Palmer Cup Coach