Mark Liggett is the type of coach who stands to the side and doesn't want any attention on himself.
The Discovery Canyon boys' golf coach deflects any praise, and claims he's just along for the ride. But after seeing how his team played en route to the 4A team state title, it's hard to argue that he's The Gazette Boys' Golf Coach of the Year.
"It's an honor, and I appreciate it very much, but I work with some great kids," Liggett said. "They're very dedicated to what they do, and I just have to kind of be there. We have fun and focus on our goals, and practice toward those goals. Their main goal was to win state as a team, and they worked hard at it."
Liggett not only coached the Thunder to the school's first team state title in any sport, he also was instrumental in Discovery Canyon's Luke Trujillo winning the individual state championship.
"Coach was one of the main reasons I was able to stay so calm on those last couple of holes," said Trujillo, who won the title on the second playoff hole. "He kept telling me that I was a good player, and that I could do it and had the ability. He's always encouraging everyone and has never brought anybody down. He's nothing but positive, and he's so laid back and cool."
"It's fun to coach them, because they do a lot of amazing stuff out there," Liggett added. "It's my job to remind them of that when they get down on themselves."
Liggett was extremely proud to watch Trujillo and his Thunder teammates improve all season, ending in the culmination of a team title.
"My favorite part of being a coach is watching these guys grow every year," Liggett said. "They continue to get better, and it got them to where they were this year, with a state championship. It's going to be super cool for the boys to put up the school's first team state championship banner."