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.
Dan Walters is in his eighth season at Wake Forest and his third as the Associate Head Men’s Golf Coach in 2016-17.
In Walters’ time with the Demon Deacons, he has shaped himself into one of the top recruiters in the country, helping bring in some of the top talent from across the country. He has also helped develop a number of tremendous players. Walters has been a semifinalist for the Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year Award in each of the past four seasons.
Walters has coached five All-Americans, including Brendan Gielow who won the 2010 Byron Nelson Award. A total of six players have earned All-ACC accolades during his tenure, including 2015 ACC Freshman of the Year Will Zalatoris, and six players have won 11 times individually.
As a team, the Deacons have won eight team titles during Walters’ time on staff, including four victories in 2015-16. That squad was ranked as high as No. 2 nationally during the season and made Wake Forest’s first appearance at the NCAA Championship in seven seasons. The Deacs have qualified for the NCAA Regionals in every year in which Walters has coached, including a fifth place finish in Tucson in 2016 to qualify for the NCAA Championship.
In addition, Jerry Haas Golf Camp ONLY employs coaches who are PASSIONATE about teaching.