I took over the coaching duties for the Rogers City girls high school team just before the start of the 2004 season. At the time, I felt it was something I needed to do. They needed a coach, and I needed to show my respect for a lost friend. I had never done anything like it before, and, I admit, I wasn't very good at first. But it got easier as I began to find my place with the team. I was lucky to have many athletes who were friendly, eager to learn, and understanding. Looking back now, it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I truly enjoy it, and look forward to every practice and match. It feels good to pass on my knowledge of the sport, and to show them what they are capable of. I have made many friends along the way, and I look forward to many years of success.
This was my first season as coach. The team finished with a 4-4 record in the conference, but won the regional tournament for the first time in our short history. We sent two individuals to the state tournament.
This year things started coming together. We finished 6-2, with both losses by a single point. We won regionals for the second straight year and sent two individuals to state again.
Another great season for the team. Only Cheboygan kept us from a perfect record, going 6.5-1.5 for the season. We finished second at regionals despite improving on our score from the previous year. Three bowlers qualified for the state tournament individually.