In preparation of the upcoming Yucaipa High School golf season, first year coach Teri McKibban says she knows replacing Scott Adams will not be easy. Adams had been the only YHS girls coach after starting the program 18 years ago. He led the team to ten league championships during his tenure. Adams also won 16 league titles during his 36-year reign coaching the Thunderbirds’ boys golf team.
McKibban is no stranger to YHS. She has been a teacher in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District since 1995, currently teaching English and leads the Engineering Academy at YHS. “Teri is a great choice to lead the girls golf program. I love that she is a teacher on campus,” said Adams. “She has a vested interest in the school and I hope she continues in the position for a long time.”
McKibban won’t have two-time Citrus Belt League MVP Kelly Pearson who led Yucaipa to back-to-back CBL titles before graduating last spring. She will have three-time, All-CBL performer Sadie Tucker back to help lead Yucaipa to a possible third straight title. Joining Tucker will be seniors, Katrina Wolfram and Liz Padgett who proved last season they are more than capable.
Others returning are juniors Kassidy Grammer and Lauren Olson and McKibbban’s daughter, sophomore Macy McKibban. McKibban told of six more athletes that have made the team. Freshmen Lexi Houtchins, Nicole Calbreath, and Nicole Calbreath will join the veteran group. Others making their debut at the varsity level will be sophomores Camryn Amundsen, Grace Estrada, and junior Asha Moore.
Among the other changes for the golf team will be a return to the Yucaipa Valley Golf Club as its home course. The Calimesa Country Club hosted the team for the past three years. “I am happy to have a home course closer to us but I would like to give a shout out to the Calimesa CC for the past support of our program,” wrote McKibban, in an email. She added that Adams helped her prepare for her new endeavor.
McKibban played softball and tennis at Indio HS and continued to play softball and study golf at College of the Desert. This is her first varsity coaching job.
“I am excited about taking over coaching a sport that I love and have played on and off for 32 years.”