June 25, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Colin Sheehan '97, who was a member of the Bulldogs' 1996 and 1997 Ivy League championship teams, has been named head coach of the Yale men's golf team, Athletic Director Tom Beckett announced today. Sheehan spent the last year as an assistant coach for both the Yale men's and women's teams. He replaces his collegiate head coach, Dave Paterson, who retired after 33 years.
"I am honored and delighted to succeed Dave Paterson, who is a mentor to me, as he is to so many. This past year as his assistant allowed me the opportunity to further absorb his wisdom and experience from up close," Sheehan said. "I accept the great responsibility that comes with the position, and I pledge to follow Coach Paterson's example. The team, in addition to being such talented golfers, is a group of fine young men that anyone would be proud to coach. With all the resources of a world-class university at their disposal, including an unrivaled golf course and technology center on campus, the boys have dedicated themselves to winning the Ivy League Championship next spring."
At Yale, Sheehan assisted Paterson and women's head coach Chawwadee Rompothong with all aspects of the program, including player development, recruiting and management of tournaments. The men's team won the 2008 New England championship and finished second at the Ivy League Tournament. In addition, Sheehan helped plan the men's two-week trip to England and Scotland and many of Paterson's retirement events.
Sheehan is a devoted student of the game, who has been a golf writer and architectural critic. He has served as an editor for The Golfer, a leading lifestyle magazine with an international audience, and has traveled to many of the top courses in the world, including Royal Melbourne in Australia and Royal County Down in Northern Ireland.
Sheehan also authored the first history of the U.S. Amateur golf championship, which was published by the The Classics of Golf in 2006. In addition, he worked on the planning, construction and design of Castle Stuart Golf Links in the Scottish Highlands in 2006.
"Colin is one of the rising star professionals in the sport, and we are extremely fortunate to have him at Yale," said Beckett. "His experience, enthusiasm and knowledge of the university make him the perfect fit for the Yale men's golf team. Colin's experience as a Bulldog student-athlete will have a positive impact on Yale golf's quest for league, regional and national success."
Sheehan is a native of Southport, Conn. He earned a B.A. is history and political science at Yale and also was a member of the squash team. His wife, Amy Terry Sheehan '98, played lacrosse for the Bulldogs.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity