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Roanoke Welcomes New Golf Coach


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The Roanoke College athletic department gains a fresh face this year as they welcome newest golf coach and alumni, Brian Spellane back to campus.

Graduating from Dear Old Roanoke in 2000 with a sociology degree, Spellane was inspired to return to his alma mater and move to the area after he visited last spring for the campus’ traditional alumni weekend. While enrolled in the college during the late 90’s Brian was involved in a number of activities and organizations on campus including the golf team, being a brother of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and working in the athletics department as well as having a job at Macado’s. After college, Spellane was a golf professional at country clubs and courses in Massachusetts for 8 years before making his trip back down south.

Excited about the upcoming spring season and proud of the success seen in the current fall season, Brian highlighted the current accomplishments of a few of his players. Helping the Maroons to a 12th place finish out of 15 teams and a personal 8th place finish at the recent Shenandoah Invitational was senior Andrew Butts, who grabbed his eighth place spot by shooting a 71-78- 149 finish. Spellane also highlighted freshman Nick Peters who shot a team best 73 at the invitational and ended the day with an 80-73- 153. With a team of strong upperclassmen, Spellane is confident that the older players will set a strong example and pass along tips to the younger golfers of the school.

With two more tournaments left for the fall season at Randolph-Macon and Williamsburg, Brian is making arrangements and preparing for the tournaments in the spring by training his golfers at home courses such as Roanoke Country Club and Hanging Rock Golf Club in Salem.

With a successful season already underway this fall, Spellane mentions that he feels “great to be back and working on campus,” and also described his new role in the athletic department as a “dream come true.”