Coach of the Year:
Bismarck-Henning’s Terry French
IHSA Coach of the Year guided the Blue Devils (23-0 in duals and triangulars) to their second consecutive regional championship as well as their second straight top-10 finish at state. In the Class 1A finals, B-H tied for sixth. It’s the fourth time in eight years, B-H advanced to state as a team. Bismarck-Henning also won the Vermilion Valley Conference meet and the Salt Fork Invitational.
Season highlight: “I could not coach without the support from my family and (my employer) Danville Metal Stamping. I use nine days of vacation to be able to coach this team. People always assume that I am a teacher already. I do love to work with all of the kids. I try to teach them more than golf. I try to instill in them respect, always handle yourself with class and to work hard and good things will happen. We had another great season of golf at Bismarck. There was quite a bit of pressure on our team with the success of the second-place finish the year before and with the returning members,” French said.
A few of my favorite things: Rock ‘n roll ... Country and western ... “Caddyshack” ... Payne Stewart, The Authorized Biography, written by Tracey Stewart and Ken Abraham ... A good steak ... Jocko’s ... University of Illinois ... Best Buy ... Corvette ... Wendy’s ... On my bucket list, to go back to Hawaii, to play golf in Scotland and to play golf at Augusta National.
About Coach French: “Terry is probably the best coach I have ever had. Most coaches are strict and stuff, but Terry is just like all of us. He’s just one of the guys. He makes it fun for us to play for him everyday. He just tells the team that he believes in us and to go out there and have fun and do what we can. The good thing about him is that he doesn’t put any pressure on us. If we play bad, then he’ll tell us to focus on the next match or tournament.” — Senior Austin Toler