Scottsbluff golf coach Brock Ehler talks with Anna Kelley on her second playoff with Gering’s Madi Schalepfer for the Class B state golf championship on Oct. 13. Kelley won the second playoff hole to win the state title. Scottsbluff won the team title by 51 strokes over Omaha Duchesne Academy.
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Scottsbluff girls golf coach Brock Ehler has another award to add to his trophy case after being named the 2020 Girls Golf Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.In October 2020, Ehler guided the Bearcat girls to their second straight title and set the Class B record with their ninth overall state championship. Ehler was just one of 20 girls golf coaches recognized nationwide.
In picking coaches of the year, the NFHS looks at criteria including a coach’s success, the work they do in the community and coaching philosophy.Ehler said being named coach of the year is an honor.“I work hard, I’m a competitive person and I’m kind of an OCD person, so I like things done right,” he said. “But nobody gets this award without kids that work hard and are very coachable.”Ehler said his players have helped him and the team achieve success on the golf course.“Kids get good (at golf), not just when the coach is around. They put in the work and it showed. The kids we put in a leadership role kept the chemistry good and practices going well,” he said.Ehler also gets help from other area players and golf pros, he said.“Some of the (girls) have different people they work with at times, so I just touch things up. Sometimes it’s their parents, their friends or maybe local golf pros that helped them. We all work together. I work with the local golf pros quite a bit. I’ve had a relationship since a kid with most of these guys, so we have a mutual respect for each other.”