BURKE-Billie Jo Indahl is piloting a girls golf powerhouse.
The Burke High School girls golf team recently won its second straight Class B state title and earned runner-up finishes from 2014-17. The Cougars also have the past two Class B individual medalists in Tressa Bull (2017) and Taylee Indahl (2018).
On Wednesday, Indahl was named the girls golf coach of the year by the South Dakota High School Coaches Association. Indahl, who also received the award in 2013-14, praised the athletes and said they're responsible for dedicating themselves on the course.
"It is a very humbling honor to receive it again after such a successful season," Indahl said. "We've always had a strong girls program and we won state last year and to be able to win it again was pretty awesome and then have back-to-back state medalists, as well. I attribute all of the success to the kids. They are the ones doing all the work and putting the time in to make themselves successful."
The Cougars have had a long run of successful girls golf teams. They have five total state championships and eight runner-up finishes. As a senior, Indahl guided the Cougars to the 1996 team state championship and she also claimed individual medalist honors.
"The golf program has been pretty successful for Burke and we just wanted to keep that tradition going and the kids make that happen," said Indahl, who has coached the program for more than 10 years.
It's also a family affair for the Cougars. Indahl's two daughters-Taylee and Adisyn-are current members of the team. Billie Jo's husband (David) and her mother-in-law (Deb) are assistant coaches.
"It is so special to be able to share that with everybody and it is kind of a family event," Billie Jo said. "That's the only time we really get to spend time together."
She also praised the efforts of the two seniors-Emily Stuckel and Brecken Bartling-for contributing to another successful campaign.
"It just made it so much fun this year," Billie Jo said. "It was such an enjoyable year and a memorable one."