With an eye on his wife and two young children, Kevin LeDuc has chosen to step away from the head coaching responsibilities of the boys’ golf program at Martin Luther King High School.
“My kids are involved in several activities and I wanted to be able to watch and assist them at this time. Hopefully this will be just a prolonged break from coaching and not permanent” he said.
His shoes will be hard to fill. LeDuc has guided the boys’ golf program since 2011 and has seen great success in that decade. Since 2011, the program amassed a 128-32-1 record and were 83-15 in the Big 8 Conference. Three times, the boys lost only twice on the season and from 2014-2016 they put together a 24 match win streak and on their home course they earned a 32 match Big 8 win streak.
LeDuc guided some elite talent during his run. Sam Butler was league champion in 2016 and 2017, Johnny Walker in 2018 and Kevin An in 2019 before the COVID19 quarantine took away another opportunity here in 2020. Both Butler and Walker advanced to the CIF Finals.
“Some of my favorite memories were winning 4 straight league titles with a great group of guys” LeDuc reminisced. “Also Johnny Walker’s 4 tournament wins, and CIF Runner-Up. It was fun to see players come in never playing and become contributing varsity players, and our program go from having missed CIF the few years before to start to find some success. We had the only JV team in the Inland Empire for much of that time.”
LeDuc was a leader on the CIF Advisory Committee for golf, a position he’d still like to hold on to. “I am glad that we were able to bring golf equitable divisions after 5 years of working on it” he said. That divisional realignment was set to begin this year. “I’d like to stay on the CIF Advisory Committee until the divisions are firmly working” he added.
Chip George, ML King’s Athletic Director commented, “Kevin has masterfully lead his team for 10 seasons! He is a high class person that has his student athletes always strive to do the best. He has promoted PEAK (Promoting Educational Athletics at King) and his athletes have achieved great things in the classroom as well as on the golf course. Kevin has left a legacy and will be missed.”