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Trading in the fungo for the 9 iron
by Aaron Retherford
Jun 25, 2012 | 1001 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Anyone familiar with the Spanish Springs baseball program since the school opened, knows Mike Bosco. He was the head coach with fiery intensity, who consistently went to his bag of tricks to pick up key runs or much-needed outs.

Now, Bosco is making an interesting coaching transition and hopes to teach his new players how to pull something out of their own bag of tricks — or at least out of their golf bags.

Earlier this month, Bosco was named the new girls golf coach at Spanish Springs after stepping down as the varsity baseball coach two years ago. Bosco was the baseball coach for nine years and will replace Victor Sherbondy, who led the girls golf program for nearly as long.

Still, even with the two-year hiatus, Bosco wasn’t chomping at the bit to get back into coaching. This was just too good of an opportunity to pass up.

“Actually it’s been pretty nice not coaching. I haven’t really missed it,” Bosco said. “This was an opportunity that came up that I’ve always known would be an ideal coaching job. It came along, and I thought this is something I wanted to pursue. I was fortunate to be chosen for this spot, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Bosco, an avid golfer for about 30 years, has never coached girls before. That might be a challenge in of itself.

“I think you nailed it on the head. I think it will definitely be a challenge,” Bosco said. “It’s not a team sport like volleyball or basketball where you have to worry about kids and playing time. Golf is one of those sports where it’s a less stressful sport. I think that’s what looked attractive about this job.

“I’ve never been able to golf as much as I’d want to. I like being on the golf course. This position allows you to always be out there. I’m not going to be coaching the girls’ swings. I’m sure the girls are all much better than I am. It’s more about being positive and helping them with course management and those sorts of things.”

While those who know Bosco from the baseball field might be curious to see him adjust to the laid-back sport of girls golf, Spanish Springs already has a precedent in hiring a coach going from an intense boys sport to take over a lower key girls sport. Frank Sandomenico was the school’s first football coach and has helped build the volleyball program into a contender.

That history and Bosco’s interview left him the clear choice for athletic director Art Anderson.

“In the interview process, he demonstrated a knowledge and desire to have the job,” Anderson said.
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