Coaches & Camp Counselors
Chris Haack, Head Coach
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), eight Southeastern Conference crowns, 60 team tournament titles, and several squad and individual records.
Under Haack, the Bulldogs have had nine top-10 and 16 top-20 efforts at the NCAAs, including the 1999 and 2005 national titles and runner-up efforts in 2007 and 2011. Haack has produced 61 All-Americans, and 63 All-SEC players, including Spencer Ralston in 2018. Haack also has coached 15 Scholar All-Americans, with Jaime Lopez Rivarola claiming the honor in both 2016 and 2017.
In 2015-16, Haack led the Bulldogs to four team titles, including the 29th SEC Championship in school history and the Tuscaloosa Regional to qualify for the NCAAs. Haack pupils Sigg (3), Lee McCoy (2) and Zach Healy (1) all claimed medalist honors.
After leading the Bulldogs to the conference title, Haack was chosen as the SEC Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career. McCoy was picked as the SEC Golfer of the Year after claiming conference medalist honors, while Sigg joined McCoy as a First-Team All-SEC performer and Healy and Sepp Straka made the Second Team. Bubba Watson, an All-American for Haack in 2000, represented the United States in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
In 2012, Watson became the first Bulldog to win a professional major as he captured the Masters title. In 2014, Watson won the Masters again, made the U.S. Ryder Cup Team and was one of an unprecedented six Bulldogs (joining Brian Harman, Harris English, Russell Henley, Chris Kirk and Brendon Todd) to win a PGA Tour event.
In 2012, Haack added the position of 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.
Haack was inducted into the GCAA Hall of Fame in December of 2012, joining Georgia predecessors Howell Hollis and Dick Copas. Haack was inducted into the GSGA’s Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in 2016.
In 2014-15, Haack led the Bulldogs to three victories, then piloted the squad to the “Final Fore” in the NCAA Championships. McCoy was a First-Team All-America and All-SEC pick after claiming medalist honors a school-record-tying four times and Healy was an Honorable Mention All-American.
Haack’s 2013-14 Bulldogs won four times, including the NCAA Regional in San Antonio. Haack’s charges picked up two titles in 2012-13, winning the Brickyard Collegiate Championship and the Bulldog Battle at Mountain Lake.
In 2011-12, Haack guided a quintet of one junior, three sophomores and one freshman to the NCAAs. Haack piloted the 2010-11 Bulldogs to the final match of the NCAAs. 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 shot – 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 was selected by the GCAA as the 2006 head coach for the U.S. 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 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 position 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. 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.
Jim Douglas, Associate Head Coach
Jim Douglas, who helped the Georgia men’s golf team win the program’s two national championships, rejoined the Bulldogs’ staff in January of 2011 and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in July of 2012. He is in his 18th season overall with the Bulldogs.
Douglas was Georgia’s assistant coach from 1997 through 2005, during which time the Bulldogs celebrated some of their greatest success. With Douglas as Coach Chris Haack’s lieutenant, Georgia won NCAA titles in 1999 and 2005, along with four Southeastern Conference championships (1998, 2000, 2001 and 2004). Georgia produced 26 All-Americans, 30 All-SEC picks, two SEC Players of the Year, two SEC Freshmen of the Year, 33 SEC Academic Honor Roll selections, six All-American Scholars and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient in that span.
Douglas served parts of the 2009-10 season as a volunteer coach, including during Georgia’s run to the SEC title.
In 2011, with Douglas assisting Haack in the spring, the Bulldogs advanced to the final match of the NCAA Championship.
In 2015, Douglas helped the Bulldogs win the 29th SEC title in school history. Lee McCoy was First-Team All-American, SEC Player of the Year and the SEC medalist. Greyson Sigg and Sepp Straka also earned All-America honors. In 2018, Spencer Ralston earned All-America and All-SEC designations.
Douglas graduated from UGA with degrees in Political Science and History.
He has two sons, James and Charles.