Iceman returns to coach SCHS girls golf team

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Coach played for SCHS from 2003-09, won state title in '05

By Brian Stone

With girls’ golf coach Melissa Young moving on following the conclusion of the 2016 season, Shelby County High School is turning to a familiar face to lead the team in the fall.


Candice Wiley Iceman should be someone Rocket fans immediately recognize. Iceman began playing varsity golf for Shelby County at the age of 13, and played until her graduation from SCHS in 2009.

Shelby County athletic director Charlotte Marshall reached out to the coach at the end of last year, asking if Iceman had interest in the position.

“I’m super excited,” said Iceman of coaching the Rockets. “My cousin [junior Faith Wiley] is going to be an incoming senior, and I’m excited to get back at it.”

With the team losing four seniors to graduation following its runner-up finish as a team at state competition, Iceman knows naturally there will be both up and down years in high school sports.

But the new coach is hopeful the team will be able to overcome the loss of its four top golfers and return to Bowling Green for the state meet next season.

But she’ll have talent to work with as Wiley and Grace Clark, who both have state championship experience, return.

“Girls golf kind of comes in waves,” the coach said. “I’m excited to be a part of it. Just from what I’ve seen, but I am hoping we can get through region and back to state. I think we have the talent to make it back to state.”

Iceman, a talented golfer in her own right and wife of current PGA professional Daniel Iceman, earned a state title as a freshman in 2005 and finished in the top-five during her final three seasons with the team.

Following her six years as a member of the SCHS program, she earned a scholarship to the University of Louisville and played four years for the Cardinals.

“I got really burnt out after college and was injured a lot,” Iceman said. “Playing every tournament for four years will do that to you.”

After finishing her college career, Iceman elected to play at various tournaments around the state, and is currently a teacher at Eminence Independent.

Iceman will take the helm as Rockets’ head coach once the golf season kicks off this fall.