For the Weekly Record Herald
WEST MILTON — The West Milton Rotary Club program on July 27 was the first of two programs having the fall coaches of Milton-Union athletic teams to present on their expectations for the fall season.
Program host, Randy Yoakum, invited several coaches but only Brett Barnes, golf coach, and Bill “Doc” Ginn, volleyball coach were able to attend this week.
Coach Barnes has been teaching since 1990 and has been at Milton-Union for 11 years. He has coached varsity boys’ basketball and varsity baseball and now will be coaching the golf team this fall for the first time. He has 15 golfers coming out for the team, with five being girls with very little or no experience. He expects the girls to compete on the JV team this year, with the boys, since there are not enough girls to fill a complete team.
The team practices at Stillwater Ridge Golf Course but plays its home matches at Homestead Golf Course. Each match is only nine holes with the top four of the six team members’ scores that count as the team score for that match.
Barnes has been a basketball official in recent years for high school and college. He is hoping to get to referee division one games this coming season.
Coach Ginn has been with the volleyball program for 30 years, beginning by helping in practice back in 1986 under Coach Sally Dickison, the year she took her team to the state volleyball tournament.
Over the years, after former JV coach Sharon Pinkerton passed away with cancer, Ginn took over the JV team and remained the JV coach until Sally retired in 2005. He is beginning his 10th year as head coach.
He enjoys the game and admits it is a difficult game for spectators to understand, from the different positions, rotations, rules and other complex situations.
He expects a good season this year after losing only two seniors from last year’s team. This coming season’s team will be a balance of seniors and juniors with a few sophomores and possibly 1 or 2 freshmen.
Doc mentioned how volleyball is nearly an all year sport, as most sports these days, with club volleyball going from January through April and a weight lifting program during the summer.
He encourages, however, girls to play other sports, which helps them become more competitive. Doc has served as team statistician for most varsity sports at Milton-Union for years as well as for the SWBL.
Both coaches answered several questions from the Rotarians. We will have several more fall coaches at our August 3 meeting.
We have three new members of our Rotary Club who were installed this week and last week. They are Terri Bauer from Huntington Bank, Patty Angle from Clark’s Pizzeria and Emily Shawler from U.S. Bank.