High School Sports

Althoff names new girls golf coach

Althoff graduate Gary Mackin, a former three-sport athlete at the school, is the school’s new girls golf coach.

Mackin is a part-time golf instructor at Yorktown Golf Course in Belleville.

“I am not a PGA teaching professional, but I was recently given the green light to teach a little at Yorktown,” Mackin said. “I was sitting at Yorktown one afternoon, chatting with an Althoff alumni, and they mentioned that the girls golf coaching position was open and asked me if I was interested. I applied and was fortunate to get the job. I’m really excited about this opportunity and looking forward to a good year.”

Mackin is the Crusaders’ third head coach in the last three years. Longtime coach Tim Gehrs, who led Althoff to the 2014 Class A state championship, stepped down following the 2015 season. Former St. Clair Country Club professional Wayne Ockovic coached Althoff last season.

Mackin takes over a program that has produced three golfers who went on to play college golf: Gabby David and Abigail and Alaina Irwin.

“Althoff has a great tradition in girls golf, and we’re looking to continue that tradition,” Mackin said.

The Crusaders return four seniors that Mackin says he expects to be leaders. “We have girls who have been playing for a while and girls who are still fairly new to the sport. One thing I can tell is that they’re all athletes,” Mackin said. “I’m excited about this year. The girls have worked and continue to work on their games.”