GJ golf coach LaDuke resigns
For the first time in nearly a decade, the Grand Junction High School girls golf program will have a new coach.
Kevin LaDuke resigned this week, citing family reasons. The Orchard Mesa Middle School teacher has an 8-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter.
“I hope one day to return to coaching,” LaDuke said. “I’ve always been in golf. It was a very hard and tough decision.”
LaDuke was the head coach for eight years. His dad, Bob LaDuke, was his assistant coach. Bob LaDuke serves as a rules official and director for many golf tournaments throughout the state.
“I was looking forward to working with him,” Grand Junction Athletic Director Ned Pollert said. “I’ve known his dad since I started with track back in the ‘80s. I was looking forward to working with (Kevin) this spring.”
Through LaDuke’s tenure, the Tigers won more than 20 tournaments, placed second in the Northern Regional in 2007, won the Northern Regional in 2008 and placed fourth at state in 2008.
LaDuke emphasized skill and game improvement and love for the game.
Pollert said the school is advertising the open position through Mesa County School District 51 and is accepting applicants.
“We hope to have a coach hired by the middle of January,” Pollert said.
The first practice for the girls golf season is Feb. 28. The season begins March 3.