Salimah Mussani has been given a major promotion.
Mussani, who teaches at Burnaby's Riverway Golf Course, has been named as the women's head coach for Team Canada where she will oversee the development of the country's top female amateur and professional golfers.
Originally from Burlington, Ont., her objective is to increase the number of Canadian players on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
"I am extremely honoured and grateful to have this opportunity to lead our women’s program into this next phase," Mussani said in a news release.
"Having the opportunity to help our country’s top female golfers achieve their dreams and succeed is a blessing. I am looking forward to working together with everyone who is involved in the development of our players on their journey to the LPGA Tour."
She was previously an assistant coach for Golf Canada under Tristan Mullally, who has since moved to a new position as the governing body's national talent identification director.
"Salimah’s exceptional impact on the players in our women’s program has been evident since the day she joined the Team Canada coaching staff," Golf Canada chief sport officer Kevin Blue added.
"Her background as an elite player, instructor, and college coach — complemented by superb communication and interpersonal skills — has prepared her very well for the multidimensional responsibilities that are part of being a national head coach."
Mussani is a two-time Canadian national junior champion, as well as a two-time Ontario provincial junior champion.
She was part of the NCAA runner-up golf team at Stanford University before turning pro on the LPGA and Epson tours. She also played on the former Canadian Women's Tour.
Mussani has been an assistant coach for Stanford University, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Team Canada.
Her staff includes Jennifer Greggain of Chilliwack, where she will be a full-time associate coach — previously an assistant with the national junior team.
"I am incredibly excited to work alongside Salimah as we lead our women’s program into the future," Greggain said.
"We are both very passionate about Canadian women’s golf and feel well-prepared to help Canada pursue its player development goals."