Our next Coach Spotlight feature is Debbie Williams-Hoak, Boys Golf
Q: What has been your message to your team with the cancellation of your season?
A: I told the players that this was very heartbreaking and that I was sorry they had to experience this but we have to really keep things in perspective. We are involved in a very serious health crisis that is a life and death situation and this was the only decision that could be made to help save people’s lives.
Q: What were your team expectations for 2020?
A: We were very excited about our team this year. My JV coach and I spent a lot of time off season working on some changes for our program that was really going to manifest itself into some great positives. We have quality young men this year with great attitudes, great work ethic and a real passion and hunger for success. The SEC Championship and a high place at Regionals with a trip to the State Finals was something we felt was well within our reach. The young men we had on the team were committed to what it means to be a Saline athlete, golfer and representative of the community. It was going to be great!!!!
Q: Please tell us about your seniors – name, position on team, successes they achieved in the short time they participated this season.
A: We only had a week of practice before season ended so so competitions. Josh Finn would have been our #1 player. Josh was coming off a year where he qualified and competed at the State Finals, was SEC All Conference for the 2nd year in a row, was a 3x Letterwinner and was Hornet Golfer of the Year for the 2nd time. He was in line to become the only player in Saline history to be Player of the Year for 3 years. and one of a select few to be a 4 year Letterwinner Justin Wickham, Yanic Sadek and Henry Wood are my remaining seniors and they would all have been instrumental in our success. They all worked hard in the off season and were committed to ending their careers with some outstanding accomplishments. All 4 of these guys were very special young men.
Q: What message do you have for your seniors?
A: I called each of them and had such a tough time with fighting back tears, it was the saddest day of my coaching career. I told them how heartbroken I was for them and how it is so hard to understand that this is happening. I reiterated what I told the team in that it was something that was necessary to do. I told each of them how much they meant to the Saline Golf Program and to Saline Athletics and that I was very proud of the young men that they were. I told them that they have been a positive influence on this program and all the young guys that have known them. I thanked them for their attitudes, their effort and for being such quality young men. I also told them that we hope to have our Hornet Classic fundraiser in July and that we will use that opportunity to honor them. This gave them something to look forward to and a possible opportunity to be a Saline Hornet Golfer one last time.