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Long-distance interview

Vince Drahman

Vince Drahman's first interview with the University of Jamestown was one he'll never forget.

While an assistant golf coach at Williams Woods University (Missouri), Drahman was on a trip with the team to England when he had his first talk with UJ athletic director Sean Johnson. That session took place via Skype at 10 p.m. local time in the United Kingdom.

"That was pretty interesting," Drahman recalled. "I'll remember that for the rest of my life"

Clearly, the long-distance discussion went well. Drahman was hired as head coach of the Jimmie golf teams. He takes over for Dean Kraft, who resigned last winter. Dustin Jensen had served as interim coach during the spring season.

The 24-year-old Drahman earned All-American honors playing NAIA golf at Marian (Indiana) University. He had been a graduate assistant coach at William Woods, a top 10 team in the NAIA in both men's and women's golf last season.

"I was actually looking for something a little more stable. The graduate assistant position didn't have a guaranteed future so I contacted a quite of few schools that had openings," Drahman said.

Originally from Noblesville, Indiana, Drahman feels ready to take over a college program despite not being much older than many of his future pupils.

"It's definitely a very big blessing. I'm very thankful Sean (Johnson) was willing to give me this opportunity," Drahman said. "I feel like I'm ready. There's definitely going to be some growing pains like there is with any new job, but I'm very excited to be in Jamestown."

Drahman understands the challenges of coaching college golf in the north, but said the positives far outweighed any negatives. The UJ golf teams report for practice Aug. 21. Their first tournament is a home meet nine days later.

"I think the main thing is the support the team gets from the Jamestown Country Club with (general manager) Matt Stockert and Steven Sedler (board of directors president)," Drahman said. "They genuinely want the program to be successful."

"You can just see how the community supports the athletic programs and that's something I've never really been apart of. There are so many positive aspects to think about. I'm just really excited to be a part of it."

Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
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