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He's played the game since he was young.

By David CarducciRecord-Courier staff writer Published: August 18, 1998 12:00 AM

He's played the game since he was young. He's worked hard to boast a low handicap. He's enjoyed playing in area golf leagues and he's enjoyed playing golf while spending a month of each year in Florida.

Now Eden is ready to experience a whole new phase of the game: coaching high school kids.

Eden will take over the coaching duties at Field this fall, replacing long-time coach and friend Dave Cooper, who retired from coaching and teaching last year.

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"I love golf, and I enjoy being around the game," said Eden. "I've never coached golf before, but I've wanted to for a long time ... and I'm excited about this season."

Although Eden is new to coaching golf, he is not new to coaching.

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For 18 years he's coached basketball at various levels, including coaching at Field from 1983-86 and currently coaching junior varsity at Aurora.

Throughout that time, Eden has taught industrial arts at Field.

"I know almost all of the kids on the team," said Eden. "I really enjoy my position at Field ... I think this is going to be a great experience for both the kids and myself. Unfortunately, most of the horses from last year's team graduated. Most of the experience is gone, but Field has had some great teams in the last few years and I'm looking forward to getting them back on track."

Eden said the Falcons appear to have a large pool of golfing talent from which to draw.

"From our initial meetings, it looks like we'll have about 40 kids," he said. "We've got Gary Hartman who's returning. He's a junior and he's looking at one of our top spots. Mike Rainieri Jr. is also vying for one of the top spots ... We play our home matches at Sunny Hill, and the management over there has been terrific."

Joining Eden on the coaching staff will be Tim Flaherty, who will handle the junior varsity duties.

"Tim coached with Cooper, and he has been a tremendous help to me," said

Eden. "I know his interest in the game is just as good as mine. He has a

lot of experience from being with Cooper in this conference."

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