Social Media Spotlight - Girls Golf Coach Dan Dougherty
Interview By: Junior Livia Laudermilt
As fall sports begin to wind down, the Social Media Class is presenting several interviews compiled with fall coaches and student-athletes.
1. What made you want to start coaching the girls' golf team this year? Over the last few years, I have been playing more golf myself and have enjoyed being around the game. When the opportunity came up, it made sense to be around the game and be around a fun group.
2. Was it hard having 3 new girls that have not golfed before? No, that was one of the more enjoyable parts. Teaching a sport that's brand new to some of the girls was fun to start at the very basics, and gradually cover more parts of the game and see the improvement has been pretty cool
3. When there isn't practice or matches, what do you do in your spare time? If we don't have golf or baseball going on, I like to spend time with my wife Maria, golf with some friends, read, and I spend probably too much of my time watching sports
4. Personally, what do you like most about golf? The thing I like most about golf is being outside. It's a challenging sport that I'm personally not very good at, so once you're past the frustration of the sport, being outside with the team or golfing with friends is actually very relaxing
5. With Covid-19, will there still be Sectionals at the conclusion of the season? Yes, on Monday September 28 at Pine Lakes
6. As a coach, what do you feel that you can do to help improve the team as a whole? I feel like I can help the team in a variety of ways. I'm far from a good swing coach, but I think we've come a long way with chipping and putting, strategies, rules, golf etiquette, and making sure that the girls leave the course enjoying what they've done
7. What were you most excited about when you first accepted this position? Being a teacher here, I already have known all of the girls for a few years, and I knew I had a fun group. I have good relationships with all of the girls, and without knowing their initial golf capabilities, I knew we would have a good time
8. Where are you from and how did you end up at Lowellville? I grew up in Boardman and graduated from Cardinal Mooney in 2011. After graduating from YSU with a degree in Education, I spent about a year in California working as an intern in athletics. I completed my student teaching after that at Springfield Local and then was hired for a spot at Lowellville. I'm very happy to be here
9. What would you consider the strengths of this team? I think we have a lot of strengths. You (Liv) are our most experienced golfer and number one player that plays well in all parts of the game. Emily Wilaj is in her second year and has been consistently a fantastic putter. Angelina Marsh has had a good first year with her drives and mid-range game. Sophia Yon is a freshman that is improving a lot, including a birdie on #8 at Bedford Trails, and Frankie Lellio is another first-year player that's gotten better, getting her first par earlier in the season against Ursuline
10. What advice would you give to someone who is considering joining the golf team? I would tell any of the girls that are considering joining the golf team to give it a try. It's one of the few sports that you'll likely be able to play your whole life, and we don't take ourselves too seriously. It's a sport we play in great weather, on nice courses, and we usually find a way to eat some good food after the matches!