Steve Carroll emphasizes that his decision to leave Golf Canada to take a position as executive director of the Ontario Volleyball Association was based solely on his desire to get back into sports administration.
Carroll joined Golf Canada last year after spending five years as executive director of the Canadian PGA, a position that came after a dozen years as executive director of the PGA of British Columbia.
“I came into the golf business 23 years ago, right out of school as a young kid with a degree in Sports Administration. I had no golf background, but here I am leaving with more of a golf background now, but always have been and will be, first and foremost, a sport administrator and association executive,” said Carroll.
“It’s all about me getting back to being an executive director, which I think is the best fit with my skill set,” he added. “I have that skill set that I’m taking to a different sport and a new challenge.”
Carroll adds that it was an adjustment getting used to his new position with Golf Canada, a rebranding effort by what was the Royal Canadian Golf Association with a focus on growing its membership base, an effort in which Carroll played a key role in his position.
“It was an adjustment to not be an executive director, but staying in golf was great,” he said.
“Over the past year, I actually saw more golf professionals than I ever saw before, just by the nature of the job when I was visiting and presenting golf course programs to them, so that was enjoyable, but in the back of my mind, I was thinking I have a lot of experience and training as an association staff leader,” he added.
Carroll added that the past year with Golf Canada was a positive learning experience.
“I’ve enjoyed this past year with Golf Canada. I’ve learned a lot and being part of this rebranding process from the RCGA to Golf Canada has been fascinating and a great experience,” he said.
“They’ve done a lot of good things and more to come, but it was time for me to get back to a new opportunity where I could be the executive director,” said Carroll.