MARBLEHEAD — A familiar face in the local golf community has been appointed as the new head golf coach at Marblehead High School. Earlier this week, an official announcement was made that Bob Green has been tabbed to direct the Magicians’ golf program.
Green, the Head Golf Professional at Tedesco Country Club, was originally approached earlier this week by Marblehead Athletic Director Greg Ceglarski, who was looking to hire a new coach for the school’s golf team. Green was asked if he knew of any good candidates who might be interested in pursuing the position. He gave it some thought, and decided to pursue the role himself.
“The athletic director, Greg Ceglarski, called me looking to see if I knew anybody that I’d recommend for the job,” Green, who resides in Marblehead, said. “They called me Monday. I told him I’d consider doing it. I checked with people at the club and I looked at the schedule to see if I could make the commitment to it. I called him Wednesday and told him I’d be thrilled to do the job. I’m looking forward to it and thrilled to be working with the kids.”
Green hasn’t coached golf at the high school level but he has plenty of familiarity with the Magicians team. Marblehead returns a pair of talented golfers from last year’s team, Ben Brennan and Brendan Locke, who’ll captain the 2018 squad.
“We only lost a few players from last year’s team that went 4-5,” Green said. “We have one of, if not the best player in the conference in Brendan Locke who shot 200 (Thursday) at Salem Municipal. I’ve known him and worked with him. He’s on my staff now (at Tedesco) and his father’s a good friend of mine. The other captain is Ben Brennan, he’s great also. It’s great being around the kids, they have great energy. I’m looking forward to it.
“It’s golf, I certainly know how to teach the game,” Green said. “It’s a short season, we don’t have a lot of time and we don’t want to reinvent the wheel. Any places I see we can improve somebody’s game, we certainly will upon my knowledge.”
The Magicians held their first round of tryouts Thursday and 23 hopefuls made it out to the course. Green projects he’ll place 10 players on his varsity team and the rest will make the junior varsity roster. Tryouts will run through Monday and Green hopes to have his varsity roster finalized then.
Green said he was pleased to see a group of 23 golfers at tryouts, meaning the numbers and interest are both strong at Marblehead.
“To me it was a very healthy indication of the program,” Green said. “The coaches in the past have worked hard to maintain the JV program. That’s extremely important to keep them playing. If you only have a varsity team and some players don’t make it, there’s a good chance they’ll stop playing. I have to give props to the Marblehead Athletic Program for funding and maintaining a junior varsity program.
He added, “It’s great to see the kids, 23 young men and women, come out for varsity golf.”
Green also noted that things went well during the first day of tryouts. He said he was particularly impressed with the pace of play and positive attitude on the course, two areas of the game he’ll stress as the team’s coach this season.
“I thought it went very well,” Green said. “One of the things I’m going to stress is attitude and how they act on a golf course. I was very impressed with that. They passed with flying colors today. The pace of play was terrific. I was impressed by that, I thought the scoring was good. We had 10 players who broke 50.”
Joining Green on his coaching staff are assistants Jake Leech, Alex Glover and Ed Montone.