Get To Know Girls Golf Head Coach John Kotz!

How has your experience as a teacher helped you as a coach? 

Coaching is teaching. I was a teacher before I was a coach. The process of becoming a teacher laid the groundwork for my career as a coach. A teacher loves learning and that has been a part of my enjoyment with both teaching and coaching. I never stop learning. Hopefully, this helps me be both a better teacher and coach. 

How did you get into golf?

I didn’t pick up golf until I was in college. I needed a couple of PE credits so I enrolled in beginning golf. Although I wasn’t very good in the beginning of learning the game of golf, I caught the bug and have played ever since.

What has helped prepare you most for being a head coach?

I was an assistant football, baseball and golf coach before I became a head coach. I took a lot of traits and experience, on both winning and losing teams. This experience made me comfortable coaching golf and picked up the game quickly. Those two things created a strong desire to lead a program as a head coach. 

What is your previous experience with coaching girls sports?

I have been an assistant golf coach for 10 years at ADM Schools. I’ve had the pleasure of working with both the boys and girls programs. We’ve had teams and individual girls qualify for state. So, I feel very comfortable with coaching girls. 

What are you most excited for your new position?

I’m excited to start a brand new program at Northwest. I’m also excited to coach a new group of talented players. This group of girls have the opportunity to start and develop a legacy, program and memories they can be proud of for many years to come. 

What is your biggest accomplishment? 

I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of talented and dedicated players. I’ve been able to coach five division one golfers, a couple of DII golfers, and several DIII golfers. Currently, former Waukee golfer, Tripp Kinney is a member playing on the PGA Korn Ferry Tour. Personally, all of the success the players have had has allowed me to garnish coach of the year accolades, but the players’ success is what fulfills me. 

What is your favorite thing about coaching?

The memories that have been created with the players have been my fondest memories and the ones I cherish the most. I’ve been fortunate to work with some very dedicated and supportive families. Without coaching I’m not sure our paths would have ever crossed. I can say the same for the fraternity of coaches I’ve met in my career. Those relationship go beyond all the awards and trophies that have been accumulated. 

Favorite movie and TV show?

Favorite movie: Rudy along with October Sky. I’m a big fan of the underdog.

Favorite TV show: Big Bang Theory. I think it’s hilarious. 

Favorite food and restaurant?

I love pizza. Favorite restaurant: Proof

What is your favorite thing about the Waukee Community School District?

No doubt, my favorite thing about WCSD is the people. The students, the faculty, the administration and coaches are great and very supportive. I like to think it is a very special place. 

What does winning seven state titles mean to you?

I’m very proud of being a part of the past success Waukee High School has had. It was all about the experiences. The trophies snd awards are great, but the experiences are the thing that stick with you forever. Hopefully, we can start our own tradition at Waukee Northwest. 

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