Schroeder To Coach SHS Golfers

By CHUCK RIDENOUR
Daily Globe Sports Editor

A former Whippet has returned home and will guide the Shelby High boys golf program this fall.

Justin Schroeder, a 2002 SHS graduate, will coach the red and gray linksters after returning to the area following a six-year stay in Florida.

This fall he will be an intervention specialist at Shelby High School. Before returning to the area, he had been teaching in grades 4-6.

Schroeder said he is excited to be back and coaching the Whippets.

"It feels good to be back. I've not been in a small town atmosphere in a while," remarked Schroeder, who had lived in the Jacksonville, Florida area before returning. "Everyone has been very welcoming and very nice."

Schroeder will be bringing a hard-working ethic to the program and will impart experiences from his golf career - both high school and college - to his players.

"I want to have a positive impact on the players," said Schroeder. "I want them to be good young men off the course and in the classroom and to be productive members of our community. If we shave a few strokes of their scores, that's a plus."

Schroeder sees himself as a more results-oriented coach and says winning the Northern Ohio League as well as sectional, district and state tournaments are all on the Whippet radar.

"If we focus on the process, those results will come," said Schroeder. "I also want the kids to have fun and they have a great golf course (Shelby Country Club) to play at."

Assisting Schroeder with the golf program will be his dad, Bill.

SHS athletic director Pat Lewis hired Schroeder. Lewis was also Schroeder's high school golf coach.

At Shelby, Schroeder was a three-year letterwinner. He then played golf for four years at Ohio Wesleyan University and was a two-time All-American and a four-time first-team selection in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Following college, Schroeder also spent some time playing on some golf mini tours.

Returning to Shelby with Schroeder were his wife, Larissa, and their two sons, Grayson and Jaxon.

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