Having simply accomplished his eighth season on the helm, West Essex head coach John Regan all the time appears to have his program proper there on the finish, along with his gamers enjoying at a excessive degree of consistency.
This yr was no completely different and Regan is the 2021 NJ.com Boys Golf Coach of the 12 months.
In 2019, previous to final yr’s coronavirus season cancellation, Regan led West Essex to a 14-5 twin match file and captured the NJSIAA North Jersey, Sections 1 & 2, Group 2 title and was the Group 2 runner-up on the Match of Champions.
This yr, West Essex stepped it up a notch, posting a 16-1 file, with its lone blemish a 163-161 loss at Newark Academy on Might 13.
The Knights additionally captured the Tremendous Essex Convention-American Division common season title, efficiently defended their North 1 & 2, Group 2 championship behind particular person champion Garrett Kessler, the Rutgers-bound senior co-captain and co-team MVP, and completed runner-up in Group 2 for the second season in a row on the T of C, shedding by one stroke (309-308) to Wall.
“Over the previous variety of years, I’ve sought to enter our staff into the very best tournaments within the state. These experiences, win or lose, give the gamers expertise and publicity,” stated Regan, who’s been a social research trainer on the West Caldwell-based college for the previous 14 years.
“With enjoying the tournaments, together with, enjoying within the ultra-competitive SEC Convention (American Division), it has has made our gamers ‘battle examined.’ When the time got here for the sectional, county and Match of Champions tournaments, the gamers have been able to go. They knew what they have been dealing with and have been ready for the problem.”
Regan’s different co-captain and co-Workforce MVP – Monmouth-bound senior Ava Lozito – additionally helped this system achieve recognition for the previous 4 years. She had a nine-hole scoring common of 38.5, ranked No. 2 of all women within the Backyard State within the common season to qualify as a person for the Women T of C and positioned seventh total (79) within the T of C at North Jersey Nation Membership on Might 18.
“One factor I inform my gamers is ‘I’m not a Golf Professional, I’m a Golf Coach.’ My experience is to assist gamers attain their potential, navigate the course, talk expectations, maintain them accountable for his or her actions, deal with others the way in which you’d need to be handled, respect the sport, have enjoyable, know the principles, and most of all – compete,” Regan stated. “One fixed phrase of recommendation to my gamers has been a easy lesson for golf and life. Should you make a nasty shot, it’s over. Make up for it on the following shot however maintain shifting ahead.”
It seems to be like West Essex will probably be in good arms for a few years to come back.
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