Birmingham Seaholm longtime varsity boys and girls golf coach Leon Braisted III will be inducted into the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Braisted is one of four coaches in the MIGCA’s 2015 induction class. The Coach of the Year and Hall of Fame banquet ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. March 8 at the Eagle Eye Golf and Banquet Center near Lansing.
“I am very pleased to be inducted in to the MIGCA Hall of Fame,” Braisted said. “I am very humble receiving this award and very grateful for everyone who has made this possible.”
Braisted will be inducted along with Bedford’s Mark Smith, Saginaw MacArthur and Saginaw Heritage’s Bill Stetler and Big Rapids’ Howard Strom.
“This award goes to anyone who has been part of the Seaholm family,” Braisted said. “I have had the support of various country clubs, the city of Birmingham – Lincoln Hills and Springdale – great parents from both programs (boys and girls) and players who have played for me. I thank them for all their dedication in enabling me to receive this award.”
Braisted started coaching the boys and girls teams at Seaholm in 1998 and has enjoyed remarkable success.
He’s led the Maples teams to a combined 264-61 dual meet record and has won 58 invitational tournament titles, with 36 runner-up finishes. His teams have won 13 conference titles, 12 MHSAA regional championships and have qualified for 17 state tournaments.
Braisted finished his 17th season as Seaholm’s girls head coach last fall, when he led the Maples to their second consecutive Division 2 state championship. It marked the team’s fourth state title since 2006. The Maples also have finished second four times since 2004.
Last fall, Seaholm won the Highest Honors tournament, the Twin Lakes Academy tournament and captured its third straight OAA Red Division championship. The Maples went on to win their 12th regional title in 13 years before going on to defend their state crown.
For those achievements, Braisted was named 2014 girls state Coach of the Year.
Seaholm’s boys team also has a runner-up state meet finish.
Braisted has served as the MIGCA’s past president and has been part of the organization’s all-state selection committee for several years.
“Without my supervisors and administrators in the Birmingham Public Schools, principals at Seaholm, Athletic Director Aaron Frank and principals at BCS, this award would not be possible,” Braisted said. “I will cherish all the memories and when giving my speech on March 8, I can add this award to my bucket lists of accomplishments.
“I would like to recognize my son (Leon Braisted IV) for all the years and letting me to continue to coach at Seaholm,” he added. “He knows all the stories and situations I’ve had over the years.”
The will be the MIGCA’s 24th class honoring high school golf coaches across the state for their service to the sport and the players. The first class, named in 1992, included Carl Flegle (Dearborn), Carl Nestor (East Grand Rapids), Ron Stelter (Saginaw MacArthur) and Art Vince (Flushing).
For more information on the 2015 banquet or to register, go to http://www.migca.org.