Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
Hard working, Thoughtful/Interested (asks good questions), Intelligent, Dedicated, and Hungry. At this level and in this area in Michigan, it’s not always the easiest to get top end talent, so you have to find diamonds in the rough. It’s important to find the kids that show large potential, strong interest, and hunger to improve and compete. Those are the kids you don’t have to worry about putting in the extra time to get better. You also know that they have the right kind of values and will be successful in the classroom, on campus and on the golf course. They have something to prove and know that they have to work hard every day to do it. I don’t like it when kids have that attitude like they are already better then someone without doing anything to prove it. I like my recruits to come with a chip on there shoulder not a nose in the air.
Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
As a second year coach I don’t have a ton of experiences to draw from. I currently have my first recruiting class on campus and have learned a ton about how I want to recruit and what I want to recruit from them. One girl I recruited has come in and worked extremely hard and it’s great to see. She started in the game of golf late (9th grade), but from her first trip on campus until now she has always shown great interest and a hunger to improve. She is one of the hardest working girls on the women’s team and by the time she is a senior I know she will be a key contributor and a reason why the women’s program has made a turn around from the way it has been in the past.