The high school golf season is months away, but that hasn't stopped newly hired coach Ryan Barclay from moving ahead with his plans.
"Jason (Deigert) has built a really good thing here, and I just want to make sure it stays on the right track," Barclay said this week.
Barclay has worked with the program for the past two years as an assistant. When Deigert left last winter to take a job in Hawaii, Barclay stepped into an interim position helping with key fund-raisers and to keep the team's golfers focused on next fall.
Last week, Sailors athletics director Bruce Crowhurst hired Barclay to fill the position permanently.
The Steamboat golf team enjoyed one of its best seasons in 2002. Four golfers qualified for the state meet in Greeley, and the squad placed second behind Mullen in the final results.
Shortly after winning the title, Deigert accepted a job at the Oahu County Club in Honolulu.
"The players shouldn't expect a lot of changes next year." Barclay said. "We want to try to focus on some of the younger players, but we will still stress the varsity program."
Barclay expects the team to remain strong in 2003 despite losing senior players Cody Sherrill and Jeff Franks to graduation.
Two state qualifiers, Kenton Gamache and Ryan Brees, are expected to return to next year's roster. The team also should be bolstered by the arrival of freshman Paul Berry, who already is playing in national-level tournaments.
Barclay moved to Steamboat Springs from Breckenridge seven years ago to ski competitively for the Colorado Mountain College Ski Team.
Five years ago, he took a job working at Haymaker Golf course under Hank Franks. Three years ago he made a decision to become a professional.
In addition to teaching on the golf course, Barclay continues to pursue his passion for skiing as a coach. He has worked with the age-class Alpine program at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club for the past two years.
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