A somewhat emotional Jerry Waugh recently held a meeting with members of Kansas' women's golf team.
"I told the kids I've just adopted nine new daughters. I have to take on that kind of responsibilty," said Waugh, the Jayhawks' new women's golf coach.
Waugh, Alvamar's vice president, who along with Alvamar pro Brad Demo served as an interim co-coach at KU this past season, recently accepted the head coaching position for next year.
Now 65, Waugh, a former Kansas basketball player and assistant coach, who last worked as a head coach (basketball) 20 years ago at San Francisco State, becomes passionate when discussing his love for coaching.
"I can say the most enjoyable time in my life was when I was coaching," Waugh said. "It's something I enjoy because I enjoy young people. I know it'll be the same this time. I look forward to it with enthusiasm.
"THIS COMES at a time in my life when I'm in the twilight of my career. It's a shot in the arm for me to finish out doing the one thing I really enjoy doing. If I had been coaching all my life, I'd probably say, `When can I get out?' But that's not the case for me. I'd been out a number of years."
Waugh, who served as KU men's golf coach in 1960 and '61, has been working for Alvamar since leaving his post as KU assistant athletic director in 1979.
He'll remain an Alvamar executive, though he's taking on a reduced work load.
"I have a strong feeling for Alvamar and a strong feeling for the university and the athletic department," Waugh said. "I've stepped in and out of the department over the years. I've been up and down the road in a giant circle and here I'm back again."
While not boasting it's not his style Waugh is willing to identify his strengths as a coach.
"I FEEL I can bring a maturity to the program. That's difficult to find today," he said. "As far as recruiting and selling the institution, I've done it all my life. It's not new to me."
Also, he knows the technical aspects of golf. He's still an accomplished senior player. Also, he's been active with the KGA, working on rules and officiating.
"I feel most of the young people have developed their games prior to arriving at the institution," Waugh said. "You don't make swing changes in this period of their lives. You try to give them confidence and reassure them.
"When I coached basketball, we were very structured at practice. With an individual sport, kids must do the work on their own.
"I've heard the statement kids are different from the way they were 20 or 30 years ago. I say `Baloney.' Kids haven't changed. The environment has changed. They still have the same need for discipline and want somebody who cares about them, somebody they can relate to. They're the same animal they've always been."
WAUGH LOSES three seniors off a team that placed third at the Big Eight meet. Two will be replaced by signees Lynn Williamson of Kansas City and Jessica Thompson of Boulder, Colo.
He's also recruited a fund raiser for the program in Marilyn Smith, a former charter member of the LPGA.
"There's more money now than when I coached golf," Waugh said. "Back then, we were lucky to have enough money to buy golf balls."