After two years of elevating the Randolph Golf program to include winning the school’s first golf state championship, Coach Michael Morard has decided to step down from the position to support his daughter’s incredible journey, ’20 Michaela Morard. She will be attending the University of Alabama in the fall where she will play golf for the Crimson Tide.
Coach Morard had the following to say, “I have truly enjoyed the past two years of leading the Randolph Boys and Girls Golf Program and help establish them as one of the better programs in the area/state. We have raised the level of expectations for the program and brought home an AHSAA State Championship. I wish nothing but success for both programs……. I will always be a Raider.”
Since taking over the golf program two years ago, Coach Morard put numerous systems and approaches into the program’s practices and its approach to competition. These aspects of the program not only lifted the teams to new heights in competition but also helped each player develop their own game.
Randolph director of athletics, Blake Davenport, said, “Words can’t describe how valuable two years of having Coach Morard has been to the growth of our golf program. He raised the level of commitment and work ethic by the student-athletes from day one. These will be hard shoes to fill, but we will do all we can to sustain the culture of excellence this program has quickly developed. We thank Coach Morard and wish him nothing but the best!”
The 2019 season was an incredible journey for the girls’ team that finished at the top by winning the 4A-5A state championship with a 10-stroke win over the defending state champs from Northside High School. Speaking of defending champs, the Lady Raiders will enter the 2021 season with that title since a very promising 2020 season was cut short due to the pandemic.
The boys’ program took a significant step in 2019 by improving their score by 30 strokes at the 4A North Boys Sub-state tournament. Unfortunately, that considerable improvement came two strokes short of finishing the event in second place, and only the top two teams advanced to the state tournament. The boys’ team was excited about the 2020 season, but the pandemic halted the season after it got started.
Randolph School will commence to finding new leadership for the golf program this week.