Monte Rhoden, who molded the Hilliard Davidson High School boys golf team into one of the top programs in the area, has stepped down as coach after 29 seasons.

Rhoden guided the Wildcats to the Division I district tournament in 22 of the last 23 seasons, including the past nine years.

“Having coached and taught for five decades in all four settings — rural, inner-city, small town and suburban — there has been no difference in the kids from the very beginning to now,” Rhoden said. “People are people. Kids are kids. They have always responded to discipline, positive reinforcement, fairness and enthusiasm.”

Last season, Davidson went 14-6 in the four-round OCC-Central Division tournament to tie Dublin Coffman for second behind Upper Arlington (20-0) and finished 11th (328) at district behind champion Dublin Jerome (293).

“Coach Rhoden will be truly missed,” athletics director Nate Bobek said. “He has been and will continue to be an institution at Hilliard Davidson. He is a teacher’s teacher, a coach’s coach and a kid magnet. He is a gentle soul who puts everyone else in front of himself. The number of students and athletes he has helped or influenced over the course of his 40-plus-year career is amazing.”

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