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New Centerville Golf Coach Making Immediate Impact

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Olivia Heidinger's playing days might be over, but she's still wants to win.

"I'm so competitive," says the new Centerville golf head coach. "Was competitive when I played, competitive as a coach and it's just kind of rolling over."

Olivia played softball at MSU-Billings and was an All-State & All-American center fielder for Laurel High School. Now she's in her first ever head coaching job and she'll be the first to tell you there's a big difference between swinging the bat and swinging the golf club.

"I had to spend hours at the golf course just getting that swing motion down and my swing pace," says Heidinger. "Let the club do the work in golf and in softball you use that force to get through."

Well all the hard worked paid off. She was named All-State for golf too and now she's passing on her knowledge to the Centerville Miners. She's the second head coach in program history and her impact has been immediate.

"She turned it into a serious program," says senior golfer Breezie Culver. "We all take it serious now and we all try our hardest."

Last year the Miners sent eight golfers to state. They've already qualified half that total in only two meets and it all has to do with the golfer's steady improvement thanks to Olivia's help.

"She knows a lot of stuff about golf," says senior golfer Logan Vining. "She's helped a lot of us, even me through the first timers. Helping with their swing development, their techniques, it's just been absolutely amazing."

Olivia originally came to Centerville to teach 2nd graders. If coaching remains in her future, she wants to make sure she still gets time in the classroom.

"As a career I love teaching," says Heidinger. "Coaching I will admit is just as great. I think I will always want to be a teacher and coach with it."

In that way, both student and athlete will be able to get a lesson from Coach Heidinger.

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