I wondered if it would become an issue when Golf Canada last week announced that it had hired Tristan Mullally of Ireland as head coach of the national women’s team. You can read that story here.
I didn’t receive any phone calls or e-mails, but apparently Bob Weeks and Robert Thompson did from unnamed objectors and you can read their blogs here and here. With RT’s blog, you will have to scroll down to find the blog on this subject.
Judging from the comments below Weeks’ blog, there are some who do object to the hiring of a non-Canadian, even if Mullally does plan to obtain PGA of Canada credentials. A case could be made that a woman should be coaching the women’s program as well, but that’s another argument.
Golf Canada insists that Mullally had the exact skill set that it was looking for, but others are saying that it’s an insult to coaches in this country and that Golf Canada should be obligated to hire a Canadian.
Of course, nobody complained on this side of the ocean when Canadian Denise Lavigne, who also coaches LPGA Tour rookie Maude-Aimee LeBlanc was named coach of the Swiss national team a couple of years ago, nor should they have. You can read that 2010 story here.
Should Lavigne have been hired as Swiss coach for her nationality or for her credentials? The same argument applies in the case of Mullally in Canada.
You decide in this week’s GNN Poll, which is about that very subject.
Do you feel that Golf Canada should have hired a Canadian, even if it felt Mullally was best suited for the job? One of the things I’ve noticed in the initial reaction is that, while some say a Canadian should fill the job, nobody thus far has named any potential candidates.
So let’s also hear your thoughts on who would make a good Canadian candidate for the job and why.
Should Golf Canada be obligated to hire Canadians for its coaching positions?
- NO (66%)
- YES (34%)
And, by all means, expand your thoughts in the Comments section below.