Edmunds returns to coach alma mater
By Jim Horvath
One of Westlake’s very own has returned to take the reigns of the high school girls golf program.
Traci Edmunds, a former two-time Southwestern Conference MVP selection for the Demons, begins her first season as head coach for her alma mater. And with the team graduating just two seniors from last year’s year, the new coach feels there’s reason for optimism in 2010.
“We are really looking forward to the upcoming season,” Edmunds said last weekend. “We hope to use our experience and strong leadership to lead us to a successful season and the conference championship.”
Senior letter winners Kayla Waitrovich and Olivia Serrat return and will be the team’s co-captains. Last year, Waitrovich averaged an 85 for 18 holes, while Serrat averaged an 84. “They’ll be our leaders going into the season,” Edmunds said. “They are both long ball hitters and have great control over their games.”
Vying for spots in the lineup and coming back from last year’s team are Marissa Alomar, Maggie Reiser, Sam Brunner, Emily Steffen and Sarah Bates. Newcomers to the squad for 2010 are Ally Adornetto, Josie Patch, Emily Juba and Barbara Bobal.
Edmunds, who also coaches the freshman softball team at Westlake, earned MVP honors her junior and senior years and holds school records in both golf and softball. She currently works at Avon Heritage South Elementary School where she works with children with special needs.
“I feel I can use my abilities and previous experience to improve the program here,” Edmunds said. “I’m excited to be able to coach another sport at Westlake, and I look forward to teaching the girls on how to improve their game while having a fun time together.”