Boys golf: Frederickson getting to know golf team
Kyle Frederickson hasn't had much time to prepare for his first season as the Rosemount boys golf coach.
Taking the reins as the Irish's varsity coach in late fall, Frederickson hurried to acquaint himself with the program, the booster club and the golfers he'd be coaching in the fall.
A spring break trip to Kansas City two weeks ago was a perfect time for Frederickson to really dig into his role.
The Irish have taken spring break golfing trips in the past, and the last-minute scheduling allowed Frederickson to accelerate the learning curve.
"We have a big squad, which is great," Frederickson said. "There are a lot of kids out and there is a lot of enthusiasm. Being a new coach, I don't know that many of them yet. It was a great opportunity to take eight students down to Kansas City during spring break. We played 36 holes a day for three days. Playing 108 holes in three days is kind of a treat."
It's a treat Frederickson hopes to continue.
"Hopefully it becomes a tradition as long as they keep me around," he said. "It's important, not so much as a warm-up, but also for team-building. It's something I used to do in high school and I look back on it fondly."
It proved beneficial when Rosemount couldn't get on the course immediately when starting the season on March 21. The Irish's first outdoor practices started this week.
Another benefit for the new coach?
When Rosemount opens the season on Thursday, April 14 at Bunker Hills Golf Course, it will be doing so with veteran leadership. Three players return with significant varsity experience.
Senior Sam Reber is back after advancing to the second day of the section tournament last season. He also spent last summer playing tournaments.
Junior Josh Doyle also competed for the Irish in the section tournament last year. Senior Charlie Frahm returns after playing a key role last season.
The three golfers will provide the nucleus of Frederickson's first team. The new coach also expects Ryan Sword to be involved in the varsity lineup.
"That's the core," Frederickson said.
From there, Rosemount will have a lot of competition for the final varsity spots.
"We can take six guys to a varsity tournament and I don't know who it will be," Frederickson said. "That's kind of what the season is about, see who can post numbers. Competition is great. We want to put them under the gun as many times as possible before state, and sections for that matter."
Competition is something Frederickson is used to.
Frederickson graduated from Eastview and spent four years playing golf at St. John's University.
However, he's not ready to offer any predictions.
"It's a blank slate," Frederickson said. "I hope they have fun and get better every single time out. That's the main thing. If you're not having fun, don't do it. In high school it goes by so fast, if you aren't having fun you shouldn't do it. I want them to improve throughout the season and be peaking at the right time. I'm not setting any expectations, low or high."