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Macomb County Coaches HOF inductee Doug McKay

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The Macomb County Coaches Hall of Fame will welcome its newest members at a ceremony on April 27 at Wyndham Garden, 15 Mile and Van Dyke, Sterling Heights. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Doug McKay

A feared two-year stay is now 21 years and counting.

“Doug arrived at De La Salle in the fall of 1994 at the same time that I took over the directorship of the athletic department. His son, Kevin, was a junior so I was curious about Doug’s anticipated length of stay. I asked him if he were staying just to coach his son or if he intended to build a program. He emphatically answered that his goal was to build an exemplary golf program – which he has certainly done over the past 21 years,” said Mike Jolly, who has since retired as the AD at De La Salle.

Doug McKay’s teams have accumulated a 95-50 record over those 21 seasons. Under his tutelage, the Pilots have been county, Catholic League, Catholic League Central Division, district and regional champs. They are also familiar figures at the MHSAA state finals.

His Pilots have won the county meet nine times. They have visited the MHSAA state finals on 17 occasions.

In 2012 he was named to the Catholic League Hall of Fame. Four years earlier, he was the Michigan Golf Coaches Association Division 1 Coach of the Year.

“Coaching De La Salle Collegiate golf over these last 20 years has been both an honor and privilege,” said McKay. “It has given me the opportunity to watch our student-athletes grow from nervous freshmen to seniors with attitudes into professional adults who are still playing the game of golf.

“It has awarded me the opportunity to pass on my passion of a game I truly love to these players so they can pass it on to future generations.

“There have been many memorable moments over the years such as winning the Macomb County Championships in consecutive years and the run of years qualifying for the MHSAA State Finals,” he continued.

“However, I guess my most memorable moments come when I run into player/players from past years who want to talk about how much De La Salle High School golf meant to them and how they have taken lessons they learned into their current professions.”

That is exactly what Jolly likes to hear.

“Doug’s influence and direction of our golfers brought the program immediate credibility and respect. No longer was it ‘recreational and social’ but rather cohesive, embracing, competitive and excelling,” said Jolly.

Last Updated: 4/24/2017 9:50:29 PM EST