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Moon steps down after 20 years



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June 16, 2010 | 08:46 AM
Williams Bay — For the past 20 years, Jim Moon has led the Williams Bay golf squad with his positive attitude and zest for life.

Recently, he decided to step down as the Bulldogs leader. Moon, 56, Honey Creek, will continue teaching science including biology, ecology, geology and physical sciences at Williams Bay High School, but he wants to spend more time with his family, which will include a new dog in the fall. He is finishing up his 33rd year of teaching, 29th at the Bay.

As a coach, Moon has won the Trailways South title six times, including three of the last five years. His overall varsity record is 200-116-4.

The Regional News recently sat down with Moon as he reflected on his coaching career and looked ahead to the future.

Why are you stepping down after all these years? How did you know it was time?

I have been coaching high school sports for 33 years. Last year, my two assistant coaches and I were talking about how much longer we all would coach together. Glenn Boss is going back on day shift next year. Jeff Bailey wants to spend more time with his family. I am getting a new hunting dog in the fall and really want to be part of her life.

So we decided to go out with this year's senior class. They have been a great group for four years.

What has coaching golf taught you about high school athletes and competition?

This sport is a lot different than football, baseball, basketball, etc. This is a sport anyone can play and enjoy. You don't have to be a 7-footer or weigh 350 pounds. And it's a lifetime sport the whole family can enjoy.

How did you get your start coaching?

I started coaching right out of college. I was very fortunate to have a scholarship to play basketball at Northland College.

Why did you coach? Was it a passion of yours? What was your main goal every day

you stepped onto the links?

I was given a big break and got to play college ball. My goal was always to give back to someone else. That is try and help others out to fulfill their dreams. My goal as a coach was to give 110 percent each day, and I wanted that out of my players each day. I feel if you try your best in anything you do each day, good things will come to you.

What was your method of coaching? Were you more of an enthusiastic leader or quiet general?

I'm a very enthusiastic coach with a lot of energy each day. I loved to try and coach not only the physical part of the game but the mental part, too. I heard a professional swing coach say one time at a clinic, "Golf is 10 percent physical and 90 percent mental." You need to manage yourself and your game to be a good consistent golfer.

This year, the team overcame plenty of adversity for a solid second-place finish in conference? How does that make you feel as a coach when athletes can defy odds and perform at a high level?

I couldn't have asked for a better finish to a career than this year. This season kind of summed up our program here at Williams Bay. Our players have always bought into our program and what we were teaching. I feel we are on the same level as our boys basketball team and girls softball teams. We don't rebuild each year, we just reload.

This year was a great example — a few spots opened up, and the next players in line stepped up and carried on the Bulldog tradition. It doesn't get any better than that.

What was your most memorable moment as the Williams Bay golf coach?

My most memorable moment was having to teach young kids a sport I love and watch them get better each day. Having Bailey for 15 years and Boss for seven years helped make my time coaching even that much more memorable.

What will you do with your free time now?

I won't dry up and blow away. You can't go unnoticed when you are 7-feet tall. I would like to spend more time with my best friend Kathy, my wife of almost 33 years. I want to do bird hunting in the fall and spring with my new puppy whose name is going to be Remington (one of my students came up with that name). Finally, I will visit my dad who lives in Alabama.

Anything else you would like to add?

Just a big thank you to the Williams Bay School Board for allowing me to coach golf for 20 years. Also, a big thank you to Jeff and Glenn for being the greatest assistant coaches a head coach could ever want. Finally, thank you to everyone who played for our program or helped out our program for these 20 years. These simple words of thank you can never begin to tell you how much each and every one of you have meant to me.

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