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Women's Golf - Tue, Oct. 3, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
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FULLERTON, CA – Hope International is proud to introduce the latest addition to its coaching staff, Wayne Carlson. Carlson is set to come on board as the head coach of the women's golf program at HIU effective immediately to allow for continued growth of both the men's and women's golf teams.

HIU Athletic Director John Turek has chosen to expand the coaching staff once again with an eye towards growing the programs with more attention from a dedicated staff. "Wayne has been an accomplished educator for the last 40 years – he has coached boys' golf at El Dorado HS and has also coached at the junior college level," Turek said of Carlson's coaching background.

Carlson comes to HIU with a wealth of experience at various levels of athletics and education over the course of his career. He got his start at San Diego Mesa JC working as head coach of both basketball programs. Carlson also taught Physical Education and was the Sports Information Director for San Diego Mesa while on staff.

Following his tenure in San Diego, Carlson spent 27 years working as a US history teacher at El Dorado HS and retired from teaching five years ago in 2012. Carlson also worked as both a golf coach and basketball coach for the Golden Hawks, retiring from basketball at EDHS two season ago after the 2015 season. Carlson's golf teams qualified for CIF in 28 consecutive seasons and won 11 league championships while under his direction. During that time Carlson also coached women's basketball at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. Additionally, Carlson stays well-connected with coaches throughout Orange County and has been a part of Coaches of Influence (COIN) with Nelson Cook since its founding as a group leader in the Brea area.

"I always have thought that faith in Christ is something you need as a coach, something I try to share with my athletes, and a big part of my life also," Carlson said of his coaching philosophy. "I always played golf and when I got to El Dorado they needed an assistant coach, so I was JV coach first and then head coach for 28 years. I know it's an individual sport but we play it as a team, the team aspect is really important to me," Carlson said when asked about what got him into coaching golf.

When asked about his strengths as a coach, Carlson replied, "as a golf coach, I think that practice organization, course management, and the mental aspect of the game, those are my strengths. Ben Hogan once said that golf is played on a six-inch course, the space between the ears, and so I think that's something I try to work on, is the mental aspect."

Turek also highlighted Carlson's faith as a strength, saying "I think Wayne is going to bring a level of spiritual maturity and care to our women's program - I'm happy to be able to give each program their own head coach, which I believe will be in the best interest of the university and our athletes."

Carlson graduated from San Diego State with a bachelor's degree and earned a Master's degree in education from former GSAC member Azusa Pacific. Carlson has lived in Brea for 38 years and attends Friends Community Church in Brea – he and his wife Laura have been married for 37 years and have two sons together.

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