William Earl named 2019-2020 Girls Golf Coach of the Year

on February 19, 2021
Billy Earl wins coach of the year.

Billy Earl, M-W Girls Golf Coach for 19 years, earns recognition at national and state level.

William “Billy” Earl, physical education teacher at Monroe-Woodbury High School, has been selected as 2019-2020 Northeast Section Girls Golf Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Coaches Association.

Earl was first named Girls Golf Coach of the Year by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, which put him into consideration for the Northeast Region award. Earl then came out on top at the regional level when compared to highly qualified coaches from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Honorees were selected based on their performance during the 2019-2020 school year, lifetime community involvement, school involvement and coaching philosophy.

“I have witnessed Coach Earl’s dedication to golf over the years at the district, sectional and state levels. I admire and appreciate his efforts to promote not only golf, but girls sports in general. This is a well deserved honor and we are very proud to have Coach Earl as a member of the Monroe-Woodbury Athletic Department,” said M-W Athletics Director Lori Hock.

Congratulations to Coach Earl from the entire M-W school community on this prestigious honor.

Recently Coach shared some details about his coaching philosophy, love for the sport and long history with the M-W golf team.

A Conversation with Coach “Billy” Earl

Q: How long have you been coaching the M-W Girls Varsity Golf Team?
A: I have been coaching the Girls Varsity Golf Team at Monroe-Woodbury for 19 years. Girls Golf started out as a pilot program within the OCIAA & Section IX. I was asked by our Athletic Director at that time if I had any interest in trying to organize and start the program for our school. I felt I was up for the challenge, and eagerly accepted the offer.

Q: Why golf?
A: I love coaching and playing the game of golf because of its dynamics. No two players are the same, no shots are ever the same. It allows me to be creative when instructing players on the fundamental mechanics and while teaching shot selection as well as course management.

Q: How long have you been playing golf?
A: I played my first round of golf during my senior year of college. I had signed up for a Physical Education class – Introduction to Golf. Part of our class requirement was to go out and play 9 holes of golf on a public course. After the first 9 holes I was “hooked” on the game, and have loved it ever since.

Q: What’s your favorite part of being a coach?
A: One of the best parts about being a coach is when players realize that their skill set is progressing and confidence in themselves is improving. It’s truly rewarding to witness the maturation process of these student-athletes and to build ever lasting relationships with them.

Q: Favorite memory?
A: I have many fond memories of different teams and athletes that I have had the privilege of coaching over my career. My favorite memories come from the 2013 & 2015 seasons. Our girls team won the NYSPHSAA Team Scholar Athlete Award for the highest overall team GPA among all Girls Golf Teams in NYS.

Q: What one word would your student athletes use to describe you?
A: I think it would be “caring.”

Q: What’s your coaching philosophy?
A: My coaching philosophy is that EVERYONE has the ability to succeed. I remind players that in order to improve their abilities they first need to be realistic, then practice proper fundamentals, mechanics, or routines and make them into habits.