July 24, 2016

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Pritchard will direct Medina’s golf programs

MEDINA — Medina boys golf coach Jeanne Pritchard loves the game on the high school level and, starting this fall, she’ll double her pleasure.

After a successful stint with the girls team from 1997-2001, the decorated amateur player will begin the upcoming school year with another title: director of golf.

When Bees girls coach Bill Colatruglio resigned this summer to spend more time with his family, Pritchard seized the opportunity to oversee the entire Medina High golf program.

“One thing I hope is that there is continuity for both programs and to get back to winning,” Pritchard said.

Winning is something Pritchard, a Medina County Sports Hall of Famer, has consistently done in 10 seasons at Medina.

In 1998, she piloted the girls to their first appearance at the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Tournament and led them back to Columbus en route to an eighth-place finish in 2000. In those two seasons, Medina compiled a 51-2 dual record.

On the boys side, the Bees have made the state tournament the past two seasons under Pritchard, finishing sixth both times.

Lori Hawkins will be Pritchard’s varsity assistant and will oversee the girls team when schedules overlap. While Pritchard’s focus of being a prestigious boys program remains the same, she plans to focus on the finer aspects of the game with the girls after losing Gazette MVP Ashley O’Reilly to graduation.

“The girls are newer golfers, so I think teaching them the short game will be a major emphasis along with knowing the rules,” Pritchard said.

Pritchard’s short-term goal for both programs is to take the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division championship. The ultimate plan, however, is to get as many college scholarships as possible.

“Our other goal is to help kids make some contacts with college coaches,” Pritchard said. “That to me is a big one.

“We’ve had success (getting scholarships) with the boys program and not so much with the girls. That’s one thing I am going to emphasize with them.”

What Pritchard will strive for most is unity.

“There’s going to be more calmness,” she said. “There’s no competition between the boys and girls. It’s going to be an all for one and one for all type of thing.”

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Albert Grindle is a sportswriter for the Gazette. He can be reached at 330-721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.