By Mark Ambrogi
Orlin Coleman is going to enjoy the fruits of his labor.
Coleman, who was Zionsville Community High School’s first football coach in the early 1970s and later became athletic director, has taken care of the Zionsville Golf Course for several years.
Mike Maguire has served the course’s pro shop as well. They both recently announced their retirement from seasonal work at Zionsville Golf Course. Coleman retired in October and Maguire will retire the next month.
“I’ll miss it, but I’ll get to play more golf,” said Coleman, a Zionsville resident who turns 85 Feb. 19. “It kept me busy. I wasn’t doing it to make a living. I was around when they built that course and played on it a lot of times. My kids played on it. I wanted to have something to do is the reason why I worked there. I told them if they wanted me to help out some I still would, doing some mowing. I just don’t want to do all the busy work.”
Coleman said it was a full-time job during the golf season, as he often worked eight hours every day.
Maguire is a former ZCHS teacher and was the varsity boys basketball coach in the 1970s. Coleman served as an assistant coach under Maguire.
The town purchased the course from private ownership in 2007. Zionsville Parks Director Matt Dickey said Maguire handled the inside part of the process, running the pro shop, scheduling outings and staff scheduling. Coleman was involved in the course maintenance, and the staff needed to take care of that.
“They were golfers who knew the course,” Dickey said. “They loved the course and loved golf. When I got here in 2009, I kept hearing how much better the course looked and continues to look. Many said it looked better since the town owned it, so apparently the town owning it was a real step forward for the health and beauty of the course. That’s due to the dedication of people that work there, not just Mike and Orlin, but they are the two that are retiring.”
Dickey said they checked first if anyone internally would have the skill sets to step up to take those positions.
“People wanted to take parts on but no one wanted to shoulder the whole burden, so we’ve advertised it on the town website,” Dickey said. “We’re trying to find the right fit for knowledge and skill set base but also the rather unique setting we have.”
Dickey said he wants to have the positions filled by spring.