Former PGA of Canada executive director Steve Carroll has returned to golf.
After three years in the same role with the Ontario Volleyball Association, Carroll has been named executive director of the Golf Association of Ontario, replacing the retiring Dave Mills.
He will begin his new role on Jan. 2.
“To say I’m thrilled doesn’t come close to how excited I am,” said Carroll.
“I’ve had an amazing three years with Ontario Volleyball, and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved there, but to take on the GAO, and follow in the giant footsteps of Dave Mills, is just a huge honour and a wonderful challenge,” he said.
Carroll’s appointment ends a four-month search, according to GAO President Jim King.
“The quality of applicants was, frankly, astounding and very gratifying,” said King.
“We had candidates from all parts of Canada and outside our borders. It certainly made the selection process very challenging and I can’t adequately express the board’s gratitude to the search committee,” he said.
“We’re unanimous in believing that we chose the ideal candidate, one with an unparalleled record of experience, knowledge, skills and reputation in the Ontario sports community,” said King.
A graduate of the University of Calgary, Carroll also holds a Masters in Sports Administration from the University of Ottawa and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).
Carroll also served as executive director with the PGA of British Columbia and worked with Golf Canada. He is also involved as a volunteer with the Canadian Society of Association Executives.
“I guess you can say I’m steeped in golf,” said Carroll.
“I’m even married to a PGA of Canada golf professional and coach and our two sons enjoy the game, but I’m also committed to the business side of sports management and I find the challenges and opportunities inherent in sports associations very energizing and rewarding, when you can achieve progress and make a difference,” he said
Carroll says he sees the need to engage and build a sustainable, productive and synergistic working relationship among the GAO, Golf Canada and other golf organizations and businesses within the province, and across the country.
“Throughout my career as a provincial and national sport organization director, I’ve made it a priority to collaborate and cooperate with partner organizations and stakeholders in an effort to collectively grow the sport,” he said.
“I’ll bring the same energy, commitment and determination to my new role with the GAO,” added Carroll.