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WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina –– We are in constant effort and World Class Student-Athlete Experience and helping student athletes Win Championships, veteran Demon Deacons head coach Jerry Haas Proven winner and current Wofford men’s golf head coach Van Williams has been appointed the Deacs’ Lyons Family Men’s Golf Associate Head Coach, Wake Forest Athletics announced Wednesday.

“I am honored and grateful that Coach Haas has given me the opportunity to coach alongside him,” Williams said. “I am excited to be a part of the history and legacy of Wake Forest golf and I look forward to getting to work!”

“We are very pleased to announce that Van Williams will be joining us as the Head Coach of the Lyons Family Men’s Golf Team at Wake Forest,” said head coach Jerry Haas “Van brings a wealth of experience to this position and will be a great fit for Wake Forest University. He has proven himself to be a great coach, having won the NCAA Championship at Oregon, been the Wofford Men’s Head Golf Coach for the past four years, and has served as an assistant coach at Arizona State and NC State. Having an older veteran team like we will have next year will be a seamless transition for the players. We look forward to a great 2024-25 season with Van playing a key role in our success. Go Deacs!”

Williams joins the Winston-Salem Community after a three-year tenure as head coach of the Terriers, where he led Wofford to two team titles and had four players win individual titles. He also had four SoCon All-Conference selections and two SoCon All-Freshman selections for the Terriers during his tenure in Spartanburg, SC. ​​Off the field, nine players were named to the Southern Conference Spring Academic All-Conference Teams for 2021-2024.

Overall, Williams has 21 years of coaching experience, the last 11 of which were as a Division I golf head coach and assistant coach. The highlight of his coaching career was helping Oregon win the NCAA Championship and the Ducks Two All-Americans, including Aaron Wise, who was named the 2016 NCAA Individual National ChampionHe also added more than 20 players who made it into the top 100.

The following are the notable individuals he has taught who have earned their PGA Tour cards:

  • Aaron Wise (2018 PGA Rookie of the Year)
  • Norman Xiong
  • Jared du Toit
  • Kevin Yu
  • Stephen Franken
  • Benjamin Ship
  • Cameron Sisk

Williams replaces Aaron O’Callaghan, who recently accepted the head coaching job at East Tennessee State University after serving six seasons on the Demon Deacon coaching staff.

Prior to joining the coaching staff at Wofford, Williams was an associate head coach at NC State for three years. During his time in Raleigh, Williams helped lead the Wolfpack to two top-25 campaigns, including an appearance in the 2017 NCAA Championship. Additionally, NC State won four tournament team titles and six individual championships.

Before coming to NC State, Williams spent four seasons in the Pac-12, three with the Ducks in Eugene and a 2016-17 assistant coach at Arizona State.

In her only season in Tempe, Williams helped a Sun Devil squad that featured three freshmen and a sophomore to the NCAA Championship. The Sun Devils finished the season with two tournament wins and four medalists.

In addition to the aforementioned National Championship during his final season at Oregon, Williams helped develop six All-Pac-12 players. During his three years as an assistant at Oregon, Williams helped lead the Ducks to three NCAA Championship appearances, including the 2016 national championship, and eight total tournament titles.

During the 2014–15 season, Williams helped lead the Ducks to five tournament wins, the second-most in a single season in program history, with Wise winning two individual tournament titles and Lim winning one. The Ducks finished second in the 2016 Pac-12 Championship and competed in the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive season.

Prior to his time at Oregon, Coach Williams was the head coach at Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh from 2011-13. He led the Eagles to their first National Junior College Athletic Association ranking after the NJCAA Tournament in 2013.

In addition to his coaching experience, Williams served as a caddie for Casey Martin (2002-04) on the PGA and Nationwide tours and Aaron Wise (2015-16) at the 2016 U.S. Open and 2015 U.S. Amateur.

About Wake Forest Men’s Golf

The Wake Forest men’s golf team made its 48th NCAA Championship appearance in 2024. This ties the team with the most appearances in ACC history and the 10th most appearances in NCAA history.

This was the 13th NCAA Championship appearance under the head coach Jerry Haas including four in the last five years. The Deacs have four top-10 finishes under Haas, including a berth in the 2019 NCAA Championship and a tie for third in 2006.

Additionally, the Deacs finished fifth in the 2024 Austin Regional, advancing to their 25th consecutive NCAA Regional Championship.

Senior Michael Brennan It was the 24th ACC Individual Championship win from Wake Forest. In 70 ACC Championships, the Deacs have won more than a third of the individual titles, the most in conference history and 10 more than the next closest conference member:
ACC Individual Champions by School (including ties)

  • Wake Forest, 24
  • North Carolina, 14
  • Georgia Tech, 11
  • Clemson, 8
  • Duke, 6
  • North Carolina State, 6

Following the five-hole playoff, Brennan won his second ACC Individual Championship and now ties Curtis Strange for having eight individual titles as a Demon Deacon, the third-highest total in program history.

Wake Forest Individual Championships This also marks the first time someone has won back-to-back titles since Louisville’s Robin Sciot-Siegrist did it in 2015 and 2016, and the fifth time in ACC history that Wake Forest golfers have won back-to-back titles (Ronnie Thomas, 1959 and 1960; Scott Hoch, 1977 and 1978). The rich history of ACC individual champions dates back to Arnold Palmer’s first ACC Championship in 1954 at the Old Town Club in Winston-Salem:

  • 1954 Arnold Palmer
  • 1957 John Gerring
  • 1959 Ronnie Thomas
  • 1960 Ronnie Thomas (2)
  • 1962 Ken Folkes
  • 1963 Jay Sigel
  • 1964 Dennis Milne
  • 1966 John Harris
  • 1967 Charles Sharpshooter
  • 1968 Jack Lewis
  • 1969 Lanny Wadkins
  • 1970 Kent Engelmeier
  • 1972 Jim Simons
  • 1973 Jay Haas
  • 1974 Bob Byman
  • 1975 Curtis Strange
  • 1977 Scott Hoch
  • 1978 Scott Hoch (2)
  • 1980 Gary Hallberg
  • 1989 Tim Straub
  • 2004 Sean Moore
  • 2008 Webb Simpson
  • 2023 Michael Brennan
  • 2024 Michael Brennan

Last month, Michael Brennan He was named an All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America. This is the second All-American selection of the Leesburg, Va. native’s career, as he will earn All-American honors in 2022. This also represents the 101st All-America honor in program history.

Both at once Michael Brennan And Scotty Kennon They were named to the 2024 All-ACC Team and the 2024 NCAA Division I PING All-Region Team.

In addition to their on-field success, four Demon Deacons were recognized with the 2024 ACC Academic Team Awards. Michael Brennan honored by the league for the fourth year in a row, senior Colin Adams and those who passed to second grade Tom Haberer And Kyle Haas was honored for the first time.

In the fall, the Deacs won the team championship at the Highlands Invitational and Michael Brennan took home the individual title after finishing the tournament at 12-under par. The Deacs shot 31-under par as a team and tied for first place with Missouri in Chicago.

Youth Scotty Kennon He won his first collegiate championship at the Calusa Cup, setting a new tournament record by shooting six-under par. Kennon made 14 birdies in the tournament and was one of only six players in the 42-player field to finish under par. He also topped the Demon Deacons’ leaderboard after every round at the Calusa Cup.

Through the 2024 season, the Deacs have finished in the top 10 thirteen times and in the top 3 five times.