The Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) has announced the hiring of Andrew Moss to fill the newly created role of high performance director.
Moss joins the GAO’s sport department after high performance manager Mary Ann Hayward’s retirement announcement and former Director Mike Kelly’s move to the role of executive director.
“With the upcoming Olympic Games, and the great pool of talent we have in Ontario, there is a fantastic opportunity to grow the participation in our sport, and see more and more golfers come through our clubs, and through our high performance pathways,” said Moss
Moss brings 25 years of experience to the GAO as a coach, provincial and national sport administrator, consultant and most recently, lead of high performance athlete development at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO).
At the CSIO, Moss was responsible for overseeing a portfolio of national and provincial high performance programs with Olympic sports, such as rowing, athletics, swimming, cycling, and figure skating.
Having started out as a swimmer, golfer and sailor in Kingston, Ont., Moss pursued a coaching over a 15-year career.
Following retirement from coaching, he moved to sport administration as program director at Swim B.C., and director of domestic operations with Swimming Canada.
In both roles, Moss oversaw the development and implementation of athlete, coaching and club development programs, along with implementation of online performance tracking systems.
“We received an incredible amount of interest for this new position and following a very thorough process, we are thrilled to welcome Andrew to our team,” said Kelly.
“His background in sport, passion for golf and experience at the renowned Canadian Sport Institute Ontario will be a massive benefit to Ontario athletes, PGA of Canada coaches and clubs,” said Kelly.
Moss said he hopes to build on the foundation set by his predecessor.
“I appreciate the confidence Mike Kelly has shown in me and I am confident that the unique experience I bring will help build on the great work done by Mary Ann Hayward and the GAO team over the past six and a half years,” said Moss.
“I’m excited to help shape a great future for our high performance programs and the other exciting initiatives underway at the GAO, Golf Canada and the Government of Ontario,” he added.
Moss will begin Feb. 1.