WATERLOO, Ont. - Wilfrid Laurier University's department of Athletics & Recreation is pleased to announce Jim Zwolak
as the head coach for the golf program.
"I'm thrilled to be taking a larger role as part of the coaching team at Wilfrid Laurier University." said the newly minted head coach. "The training and development of our Laurier golfer-athletes will be second to none in the province. I’m really looking forward to building the program into a nationally competitive team in the next few years."
A four-time OUA all-star, three-time team MVP and the 2002-03 Presidents Award winner, Jim was inducted in the Golden Hawk Hall of Fame in 2008. Jim earned a spot on the Canadian Team for the World University Games in August 2002, competing in Taiwan.
After graduating in 2003, Jim enrolled at Humber College in Toronto, taking the Certificate in Professional Golf Management. He also participated for their golf team, and was a member of the RCGA (now Golf Canada) Canadian College/University National Championship team in 2004. Through the national tournament, Jim once again qualified for the Canadian University Team, which participated in Thailand in August 2004 at the World University Games.
Jim turned professional in 2005, and has pursued a career as a tournament golfer for several years. After winning on the Great Lakes Tour in 2007, Jim qualified in the fall for the 2008 Canadian Tour. Playing a year on the Can Tour, with several future PGA Tour players, was a great learning experience for Jim.
"Jim will bring professional experience and a holistic developmental approach to our golf program," said Director of Athletics and Recreation PETER BAXTER
. "We are pleased to have such a decorated alum and former student-athlete join our head coaching ranks."
As a CPGA teaching professional, and a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, Jim is looking to build the Laurier Golf Program into a full-year developmental environment for the student athletes.
Jim continues to pursue his competitive career both locally on the Ontario PGA and Great Lakes circuits, as well as building his teaching clientele as a member of the Academy at Braeben in Mississauga.
The golf program's previous head coach, Chris Dodd, left the position after one season and remains on staff at Laurier as the Manager of Housing Services and Residence Life.