GLADSTONE - Dane Quigley has added another coaching hat at Gladstone High School.
Quigley has been named the school's golf coach, and started working with the players Monday. In his second year at the school, he also coaches freshmen football and boys junior varsity basketball.
The Bessemer native coached and taught for six years at Sandstone, Minn. after graduating from Northern Michigan University in 2004. He was varsity basketball coach for five years and also coached jayvee golf and junior high football and basketball before coming to Gladstone.
He had a brief meeting with prospective players Friday, when 32 students signed up. He said 20 attended Monday's first practice, which included a three-station rotation on the short game followed by a stint at the Gladstone Golf Club driving range in which players only hit pitching wedges, 8-irons and 9-irons.
Quigley said his golf philosophy "is all about the short game, putting and chipping. You cut those strokes down and you cut your scores down," he said.
He learned those lessons from his dad, who began getting him into the game "when I was about five, six years old," Quigley said. "I've golfed pretty much my whole life."
Quigley knows he has a few players back from both the boys and girls teams but said "I'd be lying if I said I knew much about the team."
He succeeds Bob Davison, who retired after 24 years at the helm that included three U.P. boys titles and two U.P. girls titles.
He was one of four applicants for the position, who were interviewed by administrators Matt Houle, Brady Downey and Karl Dollhopf.
"We had some very good candidates," said athletic director Houle, noting Davison will be missed.
"Bob took care of everything. He did so much for this program," said Houle.
Quigley is an English teacher at Gladstone and Houle said that was important "because he has daily contact with the kids. I'm very excited for him. He is very excited about the teaching aspects of the game."