New Golf Coach ‘Strikes It Rich’

Golf goach Dan Hensing

Sometimes a new coach means new things, but new head men’s golf coach Dan Hensing is keeping things the same. Former head coach Rich Strike stepped down this year and handed over his position to Hensing, a resource teacher at Cedar Falls High School.

From years of golfing experience, Hensing will always have advice to give the boys going into a tournament. Always hoping for that hole in one or birdie putt, coach Hensing always wants his golfers to just try their best.

“If we’re playing a divisional or something, then I just tell them [men’s golf team] that if they get in trouble, [because everybody can play good] make the smart shot and just try to make par, make bogey and keep the large score off the card.”

Coach Hensing’s love for golf started at a young age and is still present while he’s coaching. He’s always curious to see how each golfer will perform. Hensing also enjoys playing in multiple golf tournaments whenever he gets the chance.

“I love golf. I’ve played since I was a kid. Basically since I’ve been an adult I’ve played in different tournaments. I play all summer in various tournaments and I really enjoy it].”

With many new golfer’s on the team — incoming freshman and newbies — coach Hensing always lends a helping hand.

“Actually, it’s going real well. We have a lot of kids on the team, so sometimes, someone might shoot 37 on the front nine and 48 on the back nine, but that’s just a sign of inexperience, and they’ll get better as they get older.”

Coach Hensing said he “struck it Rich” being able to be mentored by Rich Strike, mathematics teacher at Cedar Falls High School. Although Strike is no longer there every practice, Hensing still goes to Strike every so often to talk about ways to improve the golfers.

“He mentored me; he did a great job with running practice and what to do, especially with 59 kids out on the golf course. When it gets closer to the end of the season, [Strike and I] will try to find out what they really need help with and try to work on that more.”

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