Jason Bedard returns for his seventh season with the Saint Michael's men's golf team in 2017-18, but his third as head coach.
The Purple Knights took ninth place at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship during the 2016-17 season, their highest showing since 2011-12. They had similar success at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Championship, tying for 25th for their top placement also in five years. With seven golfers all in either their first or second season of college competition, the Purple Knights recorded 22 rounds in the 70s and cracked the top 50 at tournaments on 16 occasions.
During his first year as a college head coach in 2015-16, the Purple Knights took 29th at the NEIGA Championship, their top showing at the meet in three years. With a roster that included five golfers new to the college game, Bedard's charges fired nine rounds in the 70s and cracked the top 50 at tournaments 12 times.
In his four seasons as an assistant coach, Bedard helped Saint Michael's to a top-10 finish at the NE-10 Championship each year, including a tie for sixth in 2011, his debut season, and two finishes among the top 30 at the NEIGA Championship.
Bedard has run the Hook a Kid on Golf Program for children ages 8 to 14 through Colchester Parks and Recreation since 2014 in addition to serving as an assistant coach for the Burlington High School varsity baseball and boys' ice hockey and Essex High School varsity baseball programs.
Bedard has qualified multiple times for the Vermont Amateur Championship, caddied in professional tournaments in his native Vermont and Maine, and volunteered in the Vermont First Tee National School Program, whose aim is to establish a lifelong interest in golf by engaging children between kindergarten and fifth grade.
When not coaching, Bedard is a woodworker, restoring antiques for Champlain Valley Antique Center in Shelburne since 2010 while co-owning Green Mountain Crafts since 2011. Also production manager for GMC, he oversees daily operation and production of Vermont-made wooden crafts that are sold throughout New England. Bedard is a 2002 graduate of the University of Vermont.
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