New coach, same scores

Charlie Baker ’20 putting early last fall – Mr. Jim Roese

2018 was certainly a season to remember for the golf Fords, who went 35-0 while capturing an Inter-Ac championship, state title, and numerous other accolades in the process. The 2018 team has its place ingrained as the best team in school history. This year, however, is a completely new team starting with former Haverford School golfer, Coach Cole Berman ’14.

      “Returning to Haverford has been a very special experience. I was a lifer and I always looked forward to one day having the opportunity to give back to the school and team that gave me so much,” Berman said. 

     Berman certainly has big shoes to fill, as former Head Coach Gui Costin ’85 set the bar high. After coaching for nine seasons, Mr. Costin has led the team to six Inter-Ac titles, three of those titles being undefeated seasons.

     “I have been beyond lucky to have had the chance to learn from Gui as one of his players, his Assistant Coach, and as one of his employees. Gui has set the bar for the Haverford Golf Program and how it operates both on and off of the golf course. I hope to be able to support the team in any way possible just like he did. I remember the great experiences I had as a player, and I hope one day all of the current team members look back at their time on the Haverford School golf team similarly,” Berman said.

     Despite losing six starters from last year’s team, all of whom received all Inter-Ac honors, the goal remains the same.

     “The boys are looking to win the Inter-Ac Championship,” Berman said. “That is their first priority and they are excited to get started in their first Inter-Ac tournament on September 10.”

“The biggest key for success is just focusing on the next shot . . . the last shot you hit is in the past.”

Jake Maddaloni ’21

     Among the two returning starters from last season is Fifth Former Jake Maddaloni. Coming off a very strong summer, he has lofty goals.

     “My personal goal for this golf season is to keep my scoring average below 35,” Maddaloni said.

     “The goal for the team this year is to repeat what we did last year,” Maddaloni said. “Due to the inexperience of this year’s team, a key will be staying in the moment. I believe the biggest key for success is just focusing on the next shot . . . the last shot you hit is in the past. As long as we can stay in the present moment and not get ahead of ourselves on the course, I believe we can go undefeated again.”