Jerry Haas, who is in his 22nd season as the Wake Forest men’s golf coach, is a finalist for the Dave Williams Award.
Haas is one of five finalists for the award given to the national coach of the year in men’s golf. The others are Jason Enloe of SMU, Conrad Ray of Stanford, Mike Small of Illinois and Matt Thurmond of Arizona State.
The award will be presented after the conclusion of the NCAA Championships next week. The Deacons are in the stroke-play format of the NCAA’s this week, with the match-play scheduled for next week. The Deacons are in fifth place at the Blessings Course in Fayetteville, Ark., after one round and will need to be among the top eight to move onto to match play after 72 holes.
“This honor is all about the team,” said Haas, a 1985 graduate of Wake Forest. “They make a coach look good and because of their play and their hard work this season, and that is why I am a finalist for this award. I feel fortunate to get to work with this group every day.”
This is Haas’ best season with the Deacons with five wins, the most in a season for the program since 1983-84, when Haas was a junior playing for the legendary Jesse Haddock.
The Deacons are currently ranked third in the country and are in the NCAA Championships for the 10th time under Haas.
The depth the Deacons have shown this season is something Haas has been most proud of. Seven different players have been the low scorer in tournaments this season. They are on pace to break the school record for team stroke average by over four shots a round this season.
“I’ve really been impressed by what this group has done this season,” Haas said last week before leaving for the NCAA Championships. “We’ve really got that competitive drive to be better. And the guys know if they don’t shoot the scores, they might be sitting out in the next tournament.”