Today we begin a daily feature from each of the head coaches of the Spring sports. We asked each to answer seven questions as they embark on the 2017 season.
Coach Kevin LeDuc, Boys Golf
1) How long have you been coaching at King? I have been coaching golf here for 7 years but I coached soccer actually 3 years earlier, so I guess 8 years total.
2) What was the 2016 season like? Where did your team end up? 2016 was a successful season by most accounts. We took our 4th straight league title, and the second consecutive undefeated title. We extended our league winning streak to 24 as well and was ranked third in the Inland Empire region. At CIF we under-performed a little but still had a very successful run. Individually we also had a lot of success. Our first individual league champion in over 10 years, as well as two individuals who went all the way to CIF finals and CIF State for Southern California Respectively.
3) How does 2016 factor into 2017? I don’t think it does much, it is a new year with new goals to achieve. Other teams get better and we will have to perform on a higher level. While we have some core experience, new players are going to need to fill large voids.
4) Who are your top returners? Three of our varsity seniors are the big scorers we will look to carry us. Sam Butler, Michael Higginbotham, and Jacob Flaczinski. Sam has played elite golf for us and went to CIF State for Southern CA last year. He is headed to Southern Utah next year. Both Michael and Jacob have been 4 year consistent performers who all can be our best player on any given day. Their experience will guide us and all three have been named as captains this year. The rise of King golf’s success can largely be attributed to them and their senior class.
5) What are your goals for this season? To improve, stay disciplined, work hard while we are practice. I think for season we would like to win another league title if possible. We will face the stiffest competition this year that we have faced in years so it would be a big success if we were able to continue that streak. At CIF we always have a goal to win. With golf it takes everything sort of lining up on the right day and everyone playing a great round, but the possibility is there with the talent we have.
6) What do you expect from your players? I expect them to work hard, try to improve, help the guys that are younger than them, Play Like a Champion each match, have good sportsmanship, and represent our school with class.
7) How do you plan to implement PEAK into your program this season? I think the PEAK philosophies are one that all the coaches try to emphasize but the bigger thing is keeping it a constant reminder. We have put PEAK on our ball markers this year. It is there just to emphasize every hole to play the right way, perform at the highest level possible, and hopefully be successful in school and on the course.