June 24, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. - Veronique Drouin, who has been an assistant coach at Georgia for the last four years, is the new head women's golf coach at Oklahoma. Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione made the announcement today.
"Veronique Drouin brings the teaching skills, passion, character and recruiting ability we need in this leadership role to build on the foundation of what has been established here," Castiglione said. "As we diligently researched all of our candidates, we constantly heard her name as someone who has been involved with the development of highly successful programs at two universities.
"Veronique diligently prepared for the role of a head coach and demonstrated specific abilities to identify, recruit and develop the best and the brightest student-athletes in women's golf. Her philosophy and history of developing young people in the classroom and on the golf course fits very precisely with our goals in athletics."
Drouin said Oklahoma offers everything she was seeking in a head coaching position.
"The quality of the people is probably the thing that was most attractive to me," she said, "but I can't say enough about how big Oklahoma is in the academic and athletic world. The facilities are great, the department is definitely one of the best and the university has a wonderful reputation. When you add in the commitment to excellence it's really an exceptional situation."
A native of Sts-Anges, Quebec, Drouin said her recruiting philosophy will begin in Oklahoma and branch out from there.
"A lot of the young ladies in Oklahoma have dreamed about going to OU and have a unique passion for the university," she said. "From there, we'll look at players in the surrounding states. As an international player myself, I certainly wouldn't rule out international players. We need to find good people who are good students and good golfers.
"I'm looking for commitment and it all starts with academics. That's huge to me. Players who develop the kind of work ethic and discipline required to be a good student typically have the kind of work ethic and discipline that it takes to be good on the golf course."
Drouin's goals center on her passion for the job and the sport.
"I really want to bring some energy to the program and build on the tradition," she said. "We have an opportunity to make a real mark in women's college golf and I'm excited about our future."
During Drouin's first full season at Georgia, 2006, the Bulldogs won two prestigious events - the Golf Daytona Beach Fall Preview and the SEC Championship. Drouin also served as interim head coach during the 2007 Central Regional and NCAA Championships, leading the Bulldogs to second and eighth place finishes, respectively.
During her tenure at UGA, the team has notched three top-10 and four top-20 finishes in the National Championships. Individually, 11 All-Americans and two SEC champions came out of the Bulldog program while Drouin was on the staff.
Prior to joining the Georgia staff, Drouin was a graduate assistant at Kent State for two and one-half years. She also enjoyed a standout playing career with the Golden Flashes as the 2000 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Freshman of the Year, the 2003 MAC Golfer of the Year and a three-time first-team All-MAC performer.
As a senior, Drouin helped lead Kent State to a second-place finish at the 2003 Central Regional and a 19th-place showing at the NCAA Championships. Two years earlier, she helped lead the Golden Flashes to a 15th-place finish at the 2001 NCAAs, the program's best effort ever.
Drouin continued to compete as an amateur, and she finished 2006 at No. 8 in Canada's national rankings.
Drouin was runner-up at the 2006 Royale Cup Canadian Women's Amateur Championship after tying for medalist honors and falling in a playoff. Her additional amateur highlights include: advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2005 British Ladies' Amateur; representing Canada at the 2003 Commonwealth Games and the 2003 and 2005 Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship; winning the 2001 and 2003 Quebec Amateur Championship; finishing eighth at the 2004 Royale Cup Canadian Women's Amateur; and finishing fifth in stroke play qualifying at the 2004 British Ladies' Am.
A native of Sts-Anges, Quebec, Drouin received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Kent State in the spring of 2003 and her master's in sports management from Kent State in 2007.
Pronunciation: VAIR-o-neek DREW-un
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT VERONIQUE DROUIN
Kelly Hester, Georgia Women's Golf Coach: "Veronique helped Georgia through a pretty tough time and a coaching transition for me. She took on the role of head coach on several different occasions and did a wonderful job. So I think there will be a seamless transition for her going from an assistant at Georgia to the head coach at Oklahoma. I'm confident that she will lead the program to Big 12 championships and to national championship appearances."
Craig White, Georgia Associate Athletics Director (golf oversight): "First of all, Veronique's a very good person, a quality person. She's high on ethics and character, knows how to do things the right way. That being said, she's been around a quality golf program. We hold it to a high standard. She's been through a transition with a coaching change, she's been at the forefront of that transition and, with the recruits we have coming in, will have contributed to returning our program to top-10 status. I have confidence that she'll get the job done at Oklahoma."
Mike Morrow, Kent State Women's Golf Coach: "I think Veronique is going to be a great coach. She has all of the intangibles. She's honest, hard working, and competitive. She has paid her dues getting ready for this type of job and was a great player for us. She's one of three players who never missed a tournament in fours year for us. She's a very good and confident player; was basically my first recruit and really helped take our program to the next level."