Sue Bryant's love of golf teaches students the true meaning of sportsmanship

Collegiate's May Coach of the Month 

Coach Sue Bryant has played golf since she was six years old and continues to share her love for the sport by teaching student-athletes the fundamentals of the game. Her goal is to show our students how dedication and great sportsmanship can lead to success. This is why Coach Bryant is May’s Coach of the Month.  She sat down with the Oak Connection to talk about the season and her hopes for next year.

What was your reaction when you were told you were the Coach of the Month for May?

When I learned that I was Coach of the Month, I must admit that I was taken completely by surprise. To be in the same company of all of the other Coaches of the Month is a great honor.

As a former staff member, when did you come to coach golf at Collegiate?

I actually was the golf coach at Collegiate before I came on staff first as interim director of admissions and now to be interim director of the middle school starting in July. I believe in being versatile!

How has your playing experience prepared you for coaching?

I have played golf since I was six years old. At that time my first PGA Golf Coach, Robert Crowley, taught me about the importance of fair play, etiquette, sportsmanship and the art of being a great competitor. By the time I was eight and was playing golf everyday in the summer, I was already aware of the importance of hard work and a cool head. These lessons enabled me to be a very successful junior and woman amateur golfer in Massachusetts and on the East Coast.

As a coach, I have the opportunity to instill these values and work ethic in my team. It is great fun to share something you love with youngsters.

What were some of your goals for the team this year? Did you all meet those goals; or what could be done better in the future to meet those goals?

My goal for the year was to build a team of players who were respectful and kind to one another and to anyone with whom they came in contact on or off the course.  Our players met this challenge to the person and in doing so they became a team that Collegiate can be proud of.  Our overall record does not reflect their commitment nor their talent. In the future, we need to work on our confidence and desire to win.

If you could offer a piece of advice to your team, what would it be?

As I said at our team dinner, my best advice to all of our players is to practice and play as much as possible. Golf is a game of precision and confidence. Both are natural by-products of practice.

When not coaching golf, what do you do?

When not coaching golf, I love to sail competitively, garden, exercise and read.