2020 All-Space boys’ golf Coach of the 12 months: Iroquois West’s Grant Meyer

2020 All-Area boys' golf Coach of the Year: Iroquois West's Grant Meyer

Why he’s Coach of the 12 months

Meyer stated earlier than the 2020 season started that his athletes had been gunning for a regional title. The Raiders completed simply that — the primary such win in program historical past — behind a veteran lineup with a stout high 5. Iroquois West additionally received the Iroquois County Match.

Why he first determined to teach golf

“I grew up taking part in golf, and it was all the time one thing I loved doing. As a former golfer at Iroquois West myself, I already had a number of delight in our program and I needed to attempt to construct on the earlier success our program had.”

His high spotlight from the season

“Profitable our first-ever regional for boys’ golf is one thing that may all the time be a spotlight of my teaching profession. Our college has had a golf program for round 25 years, in order that was a extremely particular accomplishment for our crew. The assets accessible to our crew are considerably restricted, so it was good to see all the onerous work the youngsters have achieved the previous few seasons repay. Kade Kimmel and Ryan Tilstra inserting first and second at regionals was a terrific end to their highschool careers.”

Essentially the most difficult a part of his season

“We’re normally in a position to do a number of our work on guidelines, scoring and course administration in the course of the summer time. With a lot uncertainty this summer time, we had to spend so much extra time on these issues as soon as apply began in August. Our seniors did a terrific job serving to the remainder of the crew with all the issues we normally cowl in the course of the summer time. Our course does a terrific job serving to get the youngsters out taking part in as a lot as attainable, too. Our new assistant coach, Patrick Miller, additionally did a terrific job serving to all the youngsters all year long.”

His favourite occasion of the season

“It was a pleasure to see our youngsters play at regionals. We knew we had been one of many groups to beat, and we had the added stress of getting by no means received a regional. The youngsters had been in a position to see how different groups had been doing on the IHSA scoring app, so seeing how nicely they had been in a position to deal with that stress was actually enjoyable to look at. Our complete crew appeared to play higher because the stress elevated in the course of the day.”

What it meant for his crew to play in the course of the pandemic

“We’ve got recognized since this group of seniors had been freshmen that we might have a extremely good season, so it was actually essential for all of us to have the ability to play. It was nice for everybody to be doing one thing near regular to get our minds off of every little thing else happening this yr. It was additionally nice for the college and group to see their success. I misplaced depend of the scholars, workers and group members who supported the crew and congratulated them on their success all through the season.”

His high profession golf accomplishment as a coach

“To see our crew break the college document that I helped set as a participant in 2003 was a terrific accomplishment. I had talked about that since I grew to become the coach, so to see a crew break that document was actually enjoyable. I believe we’ve children coming again who may have an opportunity at that document within the coming years, so it would give us a terrific goal to shoot for.”

His high profession golf accomplishment as a participant

“In highschool, I used to be a sectional qualifier for 3 years and helped set our earlier college document. I used to be additionally the Iroquois County Match champion my senior yr. I haven’t been in a position to play a lot the final couple years, so nowadays it’s an accomplishment any time I don’t mess up demonstrating a shot throughout apply.”

A golf accomplishment he’s nonetheless hoping to realize

“My subsequent purpose is to have a crew advance to state. Hopefully this yr’s success will push everybody coming again and we are going to get extra curiosity in our golf program transferring ahead. We’ve got a number of good underclassmen, and most of them didn’t get an opportunity to play varsity this yr. They’re a extremely hardworking group, so hopefully they’ll work onerous within the offseason and proceed on the success of this yr’s crew.”

Honor Roll: Earlier Information-Gazette All-Space boys’ golf Coaches of the 12 months


2020 Grant Meyer Iroquois West

2019 Mike Osterbur Champaign Central

2018 Ben Richter Sullivan

2017 Mike Osterbur Champaign Central

2016 Jeff Butts Champaign Central

2015 Terry French Bismarck-Henning

2014 Mark Tate St. Thomas Extra

2013 Mark Tate St. Thomas Extra

2012 Terry French Bismarck-Henning

2011 Mike Wallner Centennial

Colin Likas is the preps coordinator at The Information-Gazette. He will be reached at clikas@news-gazette.com, or on Twitter at @clikasNG.

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