The Department of Athletics at the University of Guelph has named Tim O’Connor as the new head coach for their Gryphons Golf Team.
O’Connor has been working with the team as an assistant coach since 2015 but was willing to make the leap to the bigger role with current Head Coach Brandon McLeod making the transition to the Assistant position.
“I am excited by this opportunity to lead university age golfers in becoming better golfers, better teammates and more importantly better people, and to continue the work of developing players who represent the University of Guelph at the highest level of Canadian university golf,” commented the well-studied O’Connor.
“I acknowledge the hard work of my predecessor Brandon McLeod, who will continue to provide his brand of passionate leadership as an assistant coach.”
Few are as passionate about the game of golf, or as well-rounded in various aspects of the game.
For the last few years O’Connor has worked with many talented golf athletes outside of the Guelph team as the Mental Performance Coach at the ClubLink Academy at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario. There he has worked with golfers from a wide range of ages and with various skill levels.
Among other attributes of the low handicap golfer is experience coaching minor hockey, more than a half decade coaching and acting as a facilitator on the ManKind Project, and two years spent teaching Communications at the University of Guelph.
“We’re thrilled to welcome O’Connor into our Gryphon family, he brings a passion for providing athletes with a well-balanced approach to the sport of golf,” said University of Guelph Intercollegiate Manager, Angela Orton. “He brings an unparalleled work ethic, love for the sport and experience that will help our golfers on the course.”
While some will know O’Connor for his more recent additions to his work portfolio, education and interests, most will be familiar with him a journalist for more than three decades in the areas of golf and music. The most successful of his four published books has been The Feeling of Greatness: The Moe Norman Story.
O’Connor also co-hosts a golf podcast and maintains a golf-related blog.
Tim will start his role with the University of Guelph team immediately.