As a board member of the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association since 2001 Canfield girls golf coach Diane McCall has represented the concerns of all the northeast Ohio girls golf coaches, and was given the task to help grow the number of girls golf teams within the state.
According to information provided by the OHSGCA, McCall was instrumental in acquiring enough teams to justify what are now two divisions for the sport, making McCall's recent induction into the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Hall of Fame simply par for the course.
McCall helped organize and start the Canfield girls golf team, and during her tenure of 15 years, her teams have secured 11 league championships, eight sectional titles, 14 district appearances, and three state tournament trips involving two different individuals and one team appearance with a 237-53 record. In addition to her varsity team, McCall coaches a B team which has enabled more girls to learn and enjoy the sport and be ready to play at the varsity level.
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Canfield High School girls golf team members who played in the Sectional and District tournaments last season include, in front, Kelly Fleming, and Kayla Cerimele; and in back: Michele Whiteleather, Olivia DeMartino, Annie McGlone, Christina Cooper and coach Diane McCall.
"I helped start the Canfield High School girls golf team in 1997 so that our daughter, Ashley, would be able to enjoy the sport and have a high school girls team to enjoy as well," said McCall. She added that her daughter graduated from CHS in 2000, and, having earned a scholarship, went on to play collegiate golf at Ohio University.
A Canfield resident of 16 years, McCall has also been a rules official at the girls Division 1 and 2 state tournaments since 2007 and runs a golf league in the spring for sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade girls in Canfield.
"I enjoy playing competitive golf and each year I travel around the state to compete in the Ohio Women's Amateur tournaments," said McCall, going on to credit her husband Larry, whom she said is a very accomplished golfer. She also notes her daughter, son Kyle, and her parents, Ben and Lorraine Roth, for "being ever so supportive, encouraging, and for being fellow golf competitors as well as teammates during my career."
Several golf coaches nominated her for the Hall of Fame, the criteria for which included having been a coach for 15 years, a member of the association for at least 12 years, and having performed some type of service during the term. McCall said she was aware that she had the chance to be selected, however, "It wasn't until early April that I found out that I was, indeed, selected for this wonderful honor."
Sharing that girls golf has grown by leaps and bounds since she became the CHS coach, McCall said that she is often asked why she continues to coach.
"I have just really enjoyed the young ladies over the years," said McCall, adding that she has enjoyed watching them play a game that helps build their self-esteem. "It's a game for life," she said.