When Wake Forest was looking for a coach to lead the men's golf into the future, it turned to someone who is a part of the program's glorious past.
Jerry Haas, a former Wake Forest All-American, is in his 20th season as head coach of his alma mater. Haas has returned Wake Forest golf to its place among the nation's elite programs.
Haas is a long-standing member of the Wake Forest golf family, and Wake Forest golf is a big part of the Haas family.
Jerry's brother, Jay Haas, led Wake Forest to back-to-back NCAA championships in the 1970s. Bill Haas -- Jay's son and Jerry's nephew -- played for the Deacons from 2001 to 2004, earning National Player of the Year honors two times and All-ACC honors four times before going on to win the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour.
Haas is a former member of the PGA Tour, playing in 115 events from 1990-92 as well as in 1995. He is also a veteran of the Nike Tour (now the Web.com Tour) and the European Tour. Haas won three times on the Nike tour in 1994 and finished ninth on the money list that season. This past summer, Haas played the Wyndham Championship, Greensboro's stop on the PGA Tour, where he competed alongside three of former players, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson and Kyle Reifers. In 2015, Haas won the Carolinas Open, and won it again this past summer, 2018, becoming the oldest player to win it, at age 54. Additionally, Haas was T-19 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open Champions event this past summer and was the runner-up at the Section Championship at Harbour Town. He won the Johnny Palmer Award for the best stroke average in the section with a 69.2.
Aaron O’Callaghan is in his first season as the Demon Deacons' Associate Head Coach in 2018-19, coming to Wake Forest in July 2018 after four seasons at Louisville.
In his four seasons at Louisville, O’Callaghan helped the Cardinals to four team victories, three NCAA Regional appearances and a 14th place finish at the 2016 NCAA Championship. Among the players he coached at UL was two-time ACC Champion Robin Sciot-Siegrist.
Prior to joining the coaching staff at Louisville, O’Callaghan was the top assistant golf professional at the Baton Rouge Country Club in Baton Rouge, La., for four years.
As a player, O’Callaghan was an elite junior player in his native Ireland. He won the 2004 Irish Boys U18 Championship, was the recipient of the 2003-04 Jacques Leglise Trophy and was named the 2005 Ireland Junior Sports Star of the Year. He represented Ireland in European and international competitions between 2001-07, including on the Great Britain and Ireland boys team.
O’Callaghan played collegiate golf at Southeastern Louisiana from 2005-09, winning twice and earning first-team All-Southland Conference accolades in 2007. As a professional, he advanced to the second stage of the 2011 European Tour Qualifying School.
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