Although many high school golf coaches are teachers, in my opinion, there is a lack of education and resources available for high school golf coaches. Being a good coach requires knowledge in leadership, communication, and sport-specific expertise. Golf, being an individual sport is different than many other high school sports given the swing mechanics are complex in nature, the mental game is crucial to playing the sport well, every field (golf course) is different, and students do not need to be athletes to be a successful golfer.
Instead of saying education needs to be improved, the team at the National High School Golf Association decided to take action and will host the first annual high school golf coaches conference in conjunction with the PGA Merchandise show January 21-25th 2020 in Orlando, FL. Given the NSHGA is owned and operated by the PGA of America, this conference will showcase top PGA Professionals and golf instructors who will provide world-class coaching to the high school golf community in attendance.
The conference will include 2 days of classroom and on-course education, networking between senior leaders and brands in the golf industry, and include a golf coach tournament for coaches to show off their personal golf talents on the course. “The high school coaching community has been asking the NHGSA for education to help high school golf teams and coaches better perform. We are excited to partner with the team from the PGA Merchandise show to make this a reality in 2020,” says Chris Noble, NHSGA Manager.
Beyond the in-person conference, the NHSGA team will continue to provide weekly content on the NHSGA blog, work with local PGA of America sections to offer in-person education at the local level, and provide digital education for coaches in the future. If you are a high school golf coach who is seeking help, would like education brought to your area, or have topics of interest you would like us to research and explore, please connect with NHSGA Manager Chris Noble at Chris@highschoolgolf.org.
If you are seeking the best education for high school coaches, join us in the warmth and sunshine in January at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando FL for the Annual High School Golf Coaches Conference. If you can’t make it this January, no worries, the PGA Merchandise Show is an annual event held at the end of the month each January.