Welcome to Buffaloes Summer Break where CUBuffs.com catches up with Colorado student-athletes and coaching staff members throughout the summer "off season."
Today's installment comes head men's golf coach Roy Edwards. Coach Edwards is entering his seventh season leading the CU men's program and coming off a successful 2011-12 in which the Buffaloes won two tournaments and finished eighth in their first season in the ultra-competitive Pac-12 Conference. He coached Derek Fribbs to an NCAA Regional Individual appearance in 2012 and has led CU, as a team, to three NCAA Regionals in six seasons.
What is your favorite summer time activity?
Hanging out in the cool Colorado mornings and evenings with the family.
Favorite vacation destination?
What was your first summer job?
Selling cantaloupe in the neighborhood for a local farmer.
What was your most memorable summer job experience?
Probably selling cantaloupe because it taught me about business and real life. I had to pay for the cantaloupe on the front end and whatever I sold it for I made. Sell more, make more. Don’t sell any, lose the investment. The harder and better I worked, the more money I could make.
Explain one aspect of your job during the off-season that fans may not realize.
Most people do not understand the incredible time commitment of being a golf coach nor the extremely wide range of job responsibilities we have. That goes the same for our players. Most don’t understand the commitment our players make year-round, the early morning workouts, all the bad weather we play in, et cetera.
The most important thing your current student-athletes should be doing this summer?
Playing lots of tournament golf, working hard on the correct things, having fun, being with family and friends, thinking about how they can be better teammates, and working towards their futures. We definitely want them to be well-rounded.
What is your favorite moment here at Colorado so far?
There are two—the first one started as a disappointment because we expected to win but finishing 2nd at the 2009 Big 12 to arguably the best Oklahoma State team in its history (they had three players that at some point were #1 in the World Amateur rankings) and winning last season’s Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational. The latter had a lot of different meanings.
A summer-time activity you enjoyed growing up that is NOT your current sport?
Playing basketball. I remember we used to play basketball all summer for hours. It was a great time.
Best advice for youth that are beginning to compete in athletics.
Have fun, be confident in everything you do, and DO NOT specialize until you absolutely have to. Athletes are specializing way too early now.
If you could sit in with one other coaching staff at CU for a game/event that is not your sport, which staff would it be and why?
Tad Boyle. No question. He is an elite coach that is the total package.
If you could bring one famous person to Colorado for a day-long tour who would it be, and what would you do with them?
George W Bush or really any former President but W is my #1. Not really to show them around CU but to talk with them and meet with the team. No one in the world has faced the scrutiny or had to make decisions like him, irregardless of politics. You see that in the immense respect Presidents have for each other.