Jon Roy Departing from Team Ontario Program
Uxbridge, ON – The Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) announced today that Jon Roy will be leaving his position as Head Coach of Team Ontario.
Jon Roy was instrumental to the success of the provincial team program after joining the GAO in 2009.
“As Head Coach of the provincial team program I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Ontario’s most talented young athletes,” said Roy, who will now shift his focus to his growing family and his business, Golf Performance Coaches (GPC).
“Although this was a tough decision, it is one that I’ve been considering over the last few months. My company has quickly become a successful athlete performance program which keeps me closer to my home and family,” he continued.
“While I will miss the athletes on the team, I am eager to be there for my wife and children and I am excited about the opportunity to take my coaching business to the next level, while working with many more junior golfers and their parents in the future.”
During his tenure with the GAO, Roy amassed 12 provincial wins from Team Ontario athletes and was responsible for overseeing the development of some of the top young golfers in the country. He also coached Team Ontario athletes to success on the national and international stage including at the 2013 Canada Summer Games, where the boys’ team earned a silver medal, the Can-Am Matches in South Carolina, as well as in Belgium and Guatemala.
“Jon Roy has redefined the meaning of a golf coach; his integrity, passion and energy for developing competitive junior golfers is infectious, and the impact he’s had on the sport in Ontario is impressive,” said Mike Kelly, GAO Managing Director of Sport Development. “Jon pioneered the GAO’s first sport science team and assisted countless athletes achieve their goals in golf, and we are certainly going to miss him.”
Roy has been recognized as one of Canada’s leading junior golf development experts and is the only certified Coach of Developing Competitors (CDC) in Ontario. Before joining the GAO, Roy gained coaching experience while working for Henry Brunton, former National Team Coach and PGA of Canada Master Professional. In 2012, Roy was awarded the PGA of Ontario’s Coach of the Year and went on to become the first coach from Ontario to win the PGA of Canada’s Ben Kern Coach of the Year Award.
In 2010, the GAO launched the Junior Golf Development Centres (JGDCs) under Roy’s guidance. The JGDC initiative has helped pave the way for many professionals to have a career in golf coaching and provided support and resources to aspiring PGA of Canada members.
“Working with, mentoring, and learning from so many great coaches in Ontario has been one of the most rewarding experiences over the past few years and I look forward to supporting PGA of Canada coaches in the future,” said Roy.
The Golf Association of Ontario will immediately begin the search for Roy’s successor with the goal to have a new head coach in place to correspond with the naming of 2013-2014 Team Ontario in the coming weeks.