Camosun College is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Hastie as Head Coach of the Chargers Golf program. Hastie is a Class “A” member of the PGA of Canada and in 2016, was named the Vancouver Island Class “A” Professional of the Year. He is a PGA of British Columbia Teacher of the Year and was last year’s recipient of the PGA of BC Professional Development Award.
“We’re excited to have Doug join our program,” says Camosun Recreation and Athletics Coordinator, Graham Matthews. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position and we feel he will make significant contributions to the continued success of the Chargers Golf program.”
Hastie takes over the reins of the program from former Head Coach and tour professional, John Randle, who relocated to Toronto to take on the position of Director of Coaching at The Golf Lab at King Valley Golf Club. During his nine-year tenure at Camosun, John led the Chargers to three PACWEST championships and four top-three finishes at nationals, which included winning gold in 2015.
Mr. Hastie’s coaching resume includes a five-year stop at the University of British Columbia where he served as an Assistant Coach for the UBC Thunderbirds Men’s and Women’s Golf teams from 2004-2008. Under veteran Head Coach Chris Macdonald, he helped lead the Thunderbirds Men’s and Women’s Golf teams to three NAIA championship titles, including the 2008 NAIA Men’s Championship where UBC became the first Canadian men’s program to earn the crown.
“I really miss coaching, so this is a great opportunity,” states Coach Hastie. “Camosun has an impressive record of winning and I’m excited to be on board to help build the program’s future.”
Coach Hastie’s golf career spans thirty years and began at The National Golf Club of Canada where he was mentored by Canadian Golf Hall of Fame inductees, George Knudsen and Ben Kern. He spent 13 years at The National, leading the instruction and junior programs before moving west to teach with Canadian PGA Teacher and PGA Teacher of the Year, Mark Evershed to hone his golf skills and knowledge. He then led very successful golf academies at Westwood Plateau Golf Club and Musqueam Golf Club before coming to Vancouver Island in 2009 to manage Highland Pacific Golf Course. From there, he worked for two years as a teaching professional at the Cordova Bay Golf Course and during the past three years, was the Manager of Golf Operations and Director of Instruction at the Westin Bear Mountain.
Hastie has also worked as a facilitator for the PGA of Canada’s Teaching and Certification Program. He continues to facilitate “teach the teacher” seminars for the PGA and serves as a Master Facilitator for the West Coast. He is currently a teaching professional at the Olympic View Golf Club.
With the 2018 PACWEST Golf season fast approaching, Coach Hastie has his sights focused on recruiting and is confident about his immediate plans for this year’s program.
“Recruiting is definitely a priority,” he states. “Meeting the student-athletes, getting to know them and putting a team together is what I’m really looking forward to. We have such a short season, so I don’t see us working on technique that much. My goal is to teach the student-athletes how to be the best golfers they can be in terms of getting the ball in the hole as quickly as they can. It’s about teaching the skill of being able to tactically and mentally prepare and to be the best you can be when you step out on the first tee.”
“If you’re not prepared, then you’re not doing your job,” adds Coach Hastie. “The work is in the practice; you go to the tournament to pick up the trophy.”