On March 12, Illinois State University head women’s golf coach Breanne Hall had an emotional day at what turned out to be the final competition of the young season.
“We were down in Daytona (Beach), Florida, for the Lady Cat Invitational when I got the news. It was on Thursday’s competition. The host school reduced the competition to a 36-hole event, so we would wrap up that day. In that coaches’ meeting we also heard about the NCAA canceling and conference postponements,” Hall recounted.
Despite receiving the tough news, Hall had no choice but to put on a brave face for the competing Redbirds and finish coaching the team through the remainder of competition.
“We had to finish the job we started, and I had to coach them through that. After it was over, we had a meeting and I broke the news. It was the toughest coaching moment I’ve ever experienced,” said Hall.
The Redbirds finished their final competition in sixth place that day before returning to campus, and eventually their permanent homes for the rest of the spring semester. Hall has offered the women words of encouragement in these unprecedented times.
“What I’ve been telling my athletes these last couple weeks in we can only control what we can control. We can’t control the decisions being made, but we can control how we react and respond to them.”