Archive for Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Harvey steps down as BLHS golf coach

May 28, 2008

The Basehor-Linwood High School boys golf team will have a new leader next year.

Chad Harvey is stepping down as the team's coach after five years in order to spend more time with his family.

"I'm doing it just to be with my daughter," said Harvey, the father of a 3-year-old.

Harvey will continue to teach in the school district and also will retain his positions as head football coach at Basehor-Linwood Middle School and assistant varsity boys basketball coach.

Harvey said the fact that there wasn't any break between the end of basketball and the start of golf season wore him out and cut into the time he could spend with his family.

"It was time to let one (sport) go," he said. "I've just missed a lot of (family time), and I can't miss that anymore. My dad was a coach for 27 years, he was my tennis coach, and I really didn't get to see him a lot growing up because he did the fall and spring seasons and had a lot of stuff in the winter. Once I got in the tennis program I saw him a lot, but before that I didn't."

Harvey had a challenging final season as golf coach. His team performed well, and sophomore Bobby Courtney qualified for state, but Harvey suffered a bone infection called osteomyelitis prior to the season and it forced him to spend the season coaching on crutches or from a golf cart. That made it much more difficult to provide individual instruction.

He is down to using one crutch now, and a catheter sends antibiotics into his system three times a day. That will end on June 2, he said.

"Then I'll have six weeks of rehab, and then hopefully I'll be back to normal," he said. "It's been a long three months."

Harvey will hand the reins over to Bruce Courtney, Bobby's father. Harvey said the program would be in good hands.

"He helped out this year and last year, and he's going to do a great job," Harvey said.

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