2009-2010 marks the 9th year at CACC for me as Head Golf Coach. Coming off a 5th place finish in last year's NJCAA D-1 Golf National Championship has me and our team anxious in improving to the Top spot for this upcoming year.
Playing golf since the age of 5 and having a lifetime career in the golf industry, I feel I have found my perfect niche' as a college coach. I played for CACC in the 1970's when the College was known as Alexander City State Junior College under Coach Maxie Boles and for Troy State University under Coach Mike Griffin. The time at College playing for the Trojans was all it took to make me decide that golf was the industry in which I planned to make a career in.
In the late 1970's I turned pro and worked as the 1st Assistant Golf Professional at Inverness C.C. in Birmingham, AL. After a few years in the shop and teaching, the desire to play professionally finally overwhelmed me and I chose to give it a shot. With very little money, I played a few series of mini tours in Florida and North Carolina but just could not financially sustain my dream. As an Assistant Golf Pro, I worked at the Country Club of York in York, Pennsylvania and Canongate Golf Club in Palmetto, GA. In the 90's, I was the Head Pro at a small golf course in south Atlanta. The beauty of working for a smaller course allowed me to perform my passion in the game and that is teaching. When requested to become the Golf Coach for Central Alabama C.C. by CACC President Jim Cornell, it took little time for me to make that decision.
Over the past few years, I've been fortunate to acquire NJCAA Region XXII Coach of Year honors over the past two years, as well as PING ALL-Region Coach of the Year. After two years serving as Vice President to the NJCAA D-1 Golf Coaches Association, this year is my first as President for a two-year term. I am also concluding my 3rd year as the NJCAA Representative to the Golf Coaches Association of America. This will also be the final of three years of co-hosting the NJCAA D-1 National Championship in Huntsville, Alabama.
I am the proud Father of one son, David, who will be graduating from University of Georgia next May. Although David Jr. doesn't play much golf, he enjoys going out with Dad and we do have a blast together. He is one heck of an athlete and works out daily.
When not involved in golf, I enjoy fishing from bass fishing to deep sea to fly fishing for trout. I used to bowl, but haven't in years. I write a monthly article, "Teeing Off" for Lake Martin Living. Although traveling by air isn't as much fun as it once was, I have a passion for visiting unique locations across the US and the globe. I especially loved my trips to Japan, Scotland and Costa Rica.
My job is pretty simple. It is my responsibility to prepare my players to be ready to jump into a traveling position for a 4-year college/University program after two years with me. So far, I've been very successful in this concept. For those few who choose to continue onto college only in academics, that never has hurt my feelings. The biggest kick I get out of my job is after a past player receives his Bachelor's degree calls me with thanks for helping to encourage him. That's the reward, and I love it!
Each year is different than the previous year and that's what keeps things fresh, I am very blessed!