Golf, Sports

Bodensteiner balances sport success

Women’s golf coach Greg Bodensteiner was awarded IIAC Coach of the Year –Marketing and Comm.

With the conclusion of the fall golf season, one would think that Head women’s golf coach Greg Bodensteiner would be able to take a break from coaching. However, winter sports have begun, and with that Bodensteiner will begin his 11th season coaching the Waverly-Shell Rock girls basketball team.

In his second year coaching the Wartburg women’s golf team, Greg Bodensteiner has led the women to their 12th Iowa Conference Championship in school history and coached 2017 Conference MVP Brooke Klostermann to an individual conference championship.

However, Klostermann said that Bodensteiner has been a positive influence in her life, not only on the golf course.

“He is always urging us to do the best we can no matter the circumstance,” Klostermann said. “He will never let me give up on my goals or my talent in golf or life.”

Bodensteiner said that he never really considered coaching golf at the high school level, even though he played collegiately. Thus, when the opportunity to coach the Wartburg women’s golf team opened up, Bodensteiner took the opportunity.

There came multiple complications from coaching two sports, however. Bodensteiner said even though the seasons do not overlap, it is difficult to balance recruiting, practice schedules and family life.

Bodensteiner combats this by including his family in his job as a Wartburg golf coach.

“My kids attend a lot of our golf stuff and my wife is one of my assistants,” Bodensteiner said. “We try to make Wartburg Women’s Golf a family event which my kids love being involved in.”

Klostermann said that Bodensteiner always thinks about what the team needs to succeed and that he was highly deserving of being named IIAC Coach of the Year. On the other hand, Bodensteiner credits the team with this award.

“Receiving such an award at this level doesn’t have a lot to do with me, it’s because of the players in our program,” Bodensteiner said. “They are really the ones who earn coach of the year, it just got presented to me.”

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