Lakeview golf transitions with new coach, young roster

By: Brad D. Bates | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 19, 2011

 St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior Luke Trocchio, left, and junior Danny Schwarzwalder return to lead the Huskies in 2011 after helping them win a Division 2 regional title in 2010.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior Luke Trocchio, left, and junior Danny Schwarzwalder return to lead the Huskies in 2011 after helping them win a Division 2 regional title in 2010.

Photo by Brad D. Bates

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The St. Clair Shores Lakeview boys golf team had one of the finest seasons in program history in 2010.

Unfortunately, as is often the case in high school sports, that team largely comprised seniors who graduated, leaving a hole in the 2011 roster.

But that hasn’t dampened the Huskies’ spirits.

“Losing the seniors from last year, a lot of those kids had great relationships with each other, was tough,” said coach Joe Trocchio, who despite being a new coach is familiar with the team because his son, Luke, is a member.

“I know from talking with my son that it was tough to move on without those guys, but I know when this year really gets going we’re going to start building relationships.”

The only two regular varsity contributors back this year are senior third-year captain Luke Trocchio and junior captain Danny Schwarzwalder.

But with Danny Mahoney, who was on the 2010 squad, back as an assistant coach, the transition has been easier.

“Having Danny (Mahoney) back helps a lot,” Joe Trocchio said before practice April 13 at Maple Lane Golf Club. “The first thing I did was try to make the turnover at the top, with me as coach, as seamless as possible.”

The Huskies’ 2010 campaign had plenty of highlights, including a Division 2 team regional title and a second straight MAC championship, but Joe Trocchio is hoping this year’s group makes its own mark.

“I want these kids to move on from the past,” the coach said. “I don’t want them thinking about last year. I want them thinking about themselves and what their strengths are, and how they can get the most out of those strengths.

“What I really want to do with these kids is build on what they already have,” he added. “I’m trying to build these kids up mentally and help them be smarter golfers with things like club selection, so they can get the most out of their potential.”

One way the Huskies can get the most out of their talents is following the advice of the younger Trocchio, who was the top individual at the regional meet a year ago after carding a 156.

“I keep telling them to practice,” Trocchio said. “I remember when I was a freshman, the seniors on the team let me go out with them whenever they went out to practice, so I’m trying to do the same thing with these guys.”

Luke Trocchio is sidelined with an injury until May, and while his current practice is limited to putting and chipping, he said he likes what he sees from his teammates.

“They’re really committed to working hard,” Luke Trocchio said. “They were pretty good on JV last year, and you can tell they work on their game a lot.”

Another piece of advice Luke Trocchio has for his teammates is what he believed helped the Huskies to record heights in 2010.

And it should ring especially true for an up-and-coming squad in 2011.

“All I can say is put in the practice and be ready for anything,” Luke said. “Last year, we never expected to win a regional, but we all shot our best rounds on the same day when it mattered most.

“We doubted ourselves a little, but we never stopped believing anything was possible.”


 

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