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Irish Boys Golf: Gamache has interim tag removed as golf coach

Rosemount athletics director Mike Manning knows Greg Gamache was in a tough position when he took over as coach for the Irish boys golf team this spring.

The way in which Gamache handled the transition partially helped Manning find a permanent replacement for long-time coach Dick Forsberg.

Manning dropped the interim label on Gamache, naming him the boys golf coach on a permanent basis.

Gamache took over right before the spring season began after Forsberg had to unexpectedly retire.

"Greg did such a nice job this spring while filling some big shoes," Manning said. "The kids liked him. The parents liked him. He's an organized guy and communicates well.

"If he can do that smooth of a job in that situation, I look forward to what he can do long-term."

Gamache helped the Irish to a second-place finish in the team section tournament this spring.

Sam Reber also qualified individually for the state tournament.

"It was a fairly seamless transition and I think that helped," Gamache said. "I think it's a really big advantage to have a coach that's in the school. My job was just to keep the wheels on the bus, and we played well as a team."

Gamache wasn't ready to take much credit for this season's success though. He knew before taking over he had inherited a talented team.

Gamache also knows that more talent will be back next year.

Reber and Eric Frahm were both underclassmen that have been to the state tournament and should return. Tony Leske, Christian Kittleson, Tony Lorence, Alex Speer, Charlie Frahm and Marty Spadafore also should return with varsity experience.

"I am excited," Gamache said. "There are a lot of good golfers in the program. Golf doesn't have the feeder program like other sports do, but we have some great coaches working with the kids."

This spring was Gamache's seventh season coaching golf, but his first as a head coach. He also has 17 years coaching hockey, and is an assistant for the Irish girls hockey team under head coach Tracy Engstrom.

That overall experience further exemplifies why Manning is comfortable with the decision to continue with Gamache.

"There were other candidates that maybe had a better golf background, but Greg has a very good coaching background," Manning said. "We've found that some of the best golfers have their own swing coaches anyway. The critical thing is more of the mental piece that Greg can bring."