By Scarlet Kim
La Cañada High School’s quest to find a new golf coach came to an end as physical education teacher Mr. Ballard stepped up for the job. Busy preparing the team for the upcoming season, Mr. Ballard is often spotted at the golf ranges.
Before becoming the new coach, Mr. Ballard dedicated 24 years working in LCHS, so he brings prior experience to his new position.
“I have spent two years as an assistant coach for girls’ varsity golf and another year for boys’ golf,” commented Mr. Ballard.
Mr. Ballard started his golf career when he was 12 years old, and these many years prove that he is an experienced coach. He has several goals and expectations for this year’s girls’ golf team.
“As a coach, I have to know everyone. I must know their skills and their weaknesses. Observing them, though, I see that there is a lot of talent and passion in the girls. We have a very good chance of being competitive, and this year will be perfect,” said Mr. Ballard.
To achieve success in the sport, Mr. Ballard emphasized his philosophy: short but intensive practices. “Short intense practices make our life in better balance.” Mr. Ballard also stressed the role of a coach, saying, “But the most important thing, above everything else, is that the coach needs to know the strength of each player and focus on them individually.”
Besides this, Mr. Ballard demands active cooperation from the girls to make a passionate team. He prioritizes team spirit and unity among the girls. Mr. Ballard noted, “I want to keep up their enthusiasm. Players should be hard workers in both the athletic and the academic realm. I want them to create a good reputation.”
With a more cooperative coach, there is no doubt that this year’s golf team will have a successful year filled with many victories.
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