Marc Medley, coach of Woodinville’s golf teams, is stepping down due to added travel and responsibilities from his primary career with Ryder Transportation.
He has coached the boys’ squad for the past seven years and the girls’ team the past four.
"I’ll miss the relationships that I’ve built with some of the players," Medley said. Being able to teach the game and get them interested in it. Watching them grow as they progress through their careers. I’ve had a number of players who grew up in the junior programs that I was running out in Carnation come through, so I have known a few of the guys since they were 8-10 years old."
As a local product, Medley graduated from Cedarcrest High School before attending the University of Washington.
In his first year as coach of the Woodinville team, Medley had three of his players finish in a three-way tie for first place in the District Tourney. Medley was awarded Coach of the Year honors.
Medley’s best memory is from his second season in 2007, when the Falcons swept through KingCo 4A undefeated and collected a 99 stroke victory in a match.
Woodinville finished the season with a second place finish in the State Tournament at Avalon Golf Links.
"We could have definitely done better," Medley said. "But we had our best player get sick leading up to the tourney. He got sick during the practice round and threw up a few times on the golf course. He came out the next day and was only two strokes off the lead after 9 (holes), but then lost all energy and missed the cut. I believe he shot 38 and 44, so a pretty drastic change."
Coaching the girls, on the other hand, has been a different animal. Many of Medley’s players had never played nine holes of golf before joining the Woodinville team.
"Rolling into the girls’ season I would change my mindset to be less competitive and more fun," he said. "Sometimes you have to get creative. When it comes to nasty weather, some of the girls don’t necessarily want to be out there. At the same time, when they’re not that competitive (in terms of ability), learning the rules isn’t that fun either. So I got creative at times. We would hold practice at Starbucks. They could stay inside and stay dry and have a nice drink while learning the rules. So they kind of liked those practices."
One exception was sophomore Yuri Machida, who recently finished fourth in the District Tourney and 19th in the State Tourney in Vancouver.
"Watching Yuri progress and play well in the league tourney is probably my best memory from coaching the girls team," he said. "Watching her progression from her freshman year to her sophomore year. Being able to talk to her on a different level compared to some of the other girls, most of whom were beginners. So that was fun for me, because I could talk competitively with her. She’s got two more years and we can expect big things from her."
Woodinville athletic director Terry Agnew has yet to name Medley’s replacement(s).