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09/27/17 2:00pm
09/27/2017 2:00 PM

Figuring that one stick couldn’t be all that much more different than another, Steve Failla altered his recruiting strategy. In the past, the Riverhead High School boys golf coach had modest success recruiting baseball players. These days, though, he is finding his golfers from the lacrosse field, of all places. READ

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05/11/17 5:28pm
05/11/2017 5:28 PM

Going back to the days when she was an eighth-grader and even after that, Alex Kozakiewicz recalls lean years for the Riverhead High School girls golf team. “I’ve seen us lose every match and then I’ve seen us lose every match except one and then every match except two,” said the junior.

Now Kozakiewicz can say she has been a part of the first Riverhead golf team — boys or girls — to win a league championship.
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05/07/15 4:00pm
05/07/2015 4:00 PM
Riverhead senior Cody Weiss will play golf at SUNY/Oswego. He was joined for a ceremony by his mother Doreen and athletic director Bill Groth (standing, left), golf coach Steve Failla and high school principal Charles Regan. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

Riverhead senior Cody Weiss will play golf at SUNY/Oswego. He was joined for a ceremony by his mother Doreen and athletic director Bill Groth (standing, left), golf coach Steve Failla and high school principal Charles Regan. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

As an athlete, Cody Weiss may be best known as a wrestler who became a recent member of the Century Club at Riverhead High School, surpassing 100 career victories. Or perhaps baseball, where he’s a catcher who just helped lead the Blue Waves to a spot in the 2015 playoffs.

It’ll be another sport, however, that Weiss pursues in college: golf.

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04/07/15 10:24am
04/07/2015 10:24 AM

Steve Failla thought he was in a rough spot last year when he had only one player on his Riverhead High School girls golf team with any prior playing experience, an issue that was exacerbated by inclement early-season weather that limited the team’s practice time.

“I thought it couldn’t get worse,” he said. “I was wrong.” (more…)

10/28/14 9:17pm
10/28/2014 9:17 PM

When the announcement was made that the Riverhead High School boys golf team had taken third place in the League VII Tournament on Monday, the Blue Waves knew what that meant: They had qualified as a team for the Suffolk County tournament that will be played in May. The excited Blue Waves began exchanging high fives when their coach, Steve Failla, interceded. “I said, ‘Act like you’ve done it before,’ ” he recalled.

To that, the players responded, “Coach, we haven’t.”

Failla wasn’t sure if the Blue Waves had ever competed in the county tournament as a team before, but he knows what it means for his team. (more…)

09/03/14 9:23am
09/03/2014 9:23 AM

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Steve Failla has spent every fall since 1984 involved in football, in one way or another. This year, however, marks a break in that pattern, and it’s a reflection of his growing interest in golf.

“Over the last handful of years, golf has become a passion of mine,” he said.

Failla, 40, who has been the Riverhead High School girls golf coach for four years, has taken on the added title of the school’s boys golf coach, succeeding Wade Davey. (more…)