Although assistant coaches and the hard work they put in behind the scenes is often overlooked, Spring Lake's Dan Knue will soon receive a token of appreciation for the job he does for the Lakers' golf teams.
Knue, who has worked with head coach George Bitner since the fall of 1999, will be honored as the Assistant Coach of the Year by the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association during a ceremony at Michigan State University on March 10.
"I was quite surprised to hear of the award," Knue said, a professor of respiratory therapy at Muskegon Community College. "I think George has quite of bit of influence and pulled for this, but either way, I'm honored."
Bitner raves about Knue's knowledge of the game, as well his ability to work with children.
"He's very patient with the kids and you can tell he likes what he does," Bitner said. "Dan's been a big help to me. It allows me to take kids to JV tournaments while he stays back and runs practices."
Bitner and Knue have a long history, as Bitner was Knue's wrestling coach when he was a student at Holton High School.
"We have a great chemistry — a similar teaching, coaching philosophy and we both enjoy working with the high school students," Knue said. "Although coordinating my work schedule with practice and matches can be challenging at times, I can honestly say that every day is truly enjoyable. It is great mental health. I highly recommend it."
The pair have led the Lakers' boys and girls programs to continued success, as the boys wrapped up a Lakes Eight Conference championship in the fall, while the girls are the reigning league champions and will look to defend the title in the spring.