Mascoutah hires former SIUE volleyball coach to run its program

News-DemocratApril 22, 2013 

Former Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's volleyball coach Todd Gober has been hired as the new girls volleyball coach at Mascoutah High School.

"We had three or four candidates and of course he stood out from the other four," Mascoutah Athletic Director Fritz Holcomb said. "First of all it's all the experience he's going to bring from working at all those different levels throughout his career, and his energy an excitement about wanting to be here at Mascoutah."

Gober 49, follows former Mascoutah coach Suzy Friederich, who resigned after last season. Her teams won four regional titles since taking over in 2000.

"A lot of things are set up for this program to succeed and we're going to get right after it right out of the gate," Gober said., "I think it's a school that is ready to take off. I really see this as a school with a lot of potential."

The Indians were 1-9 in the Mississippi Valley Conference last season and 4-24 overall.

"Suzy had a good program growing and had some young players this year," Holcomb said. "There's a lot of talent coming back and hopefully (Todd) can continue building on that young talent and take them up to the next level,."

Gober's SIUE teams were 205-112, including a 100-15 record in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with three NCAA Division II Tournament appearances.

He joined the Cougars in 2001 and immediately made an impact for the future with the first of seven consecutive 20-win seasons.

"I'm excited about Mascoutah, there's a strong nucleus to build around here and the former coach did a great job of rebuilding that here. I get to benefit from that."

Gober has been coaching on the club volleyball circuit with Team Elite in St. Louis and also is senior vice president of the Citizens Community Bank in Mascoutah.

"I've really enjoyed coaching and I still found I still have the passion and enjoy the competition," Gober said. "For me, I've found it's something you just don't turn off. It's something I've done for so long now it's become part my day and my routine. I love coaching student-athletes and I still love the competition."

Holcomb said Gober's experience gave him a big edge over the other candidates.

"Someone with that experience and that knowledge it's hard to pass that up," Holcomb said. "We talked about his college experience and he said he was tired of the grind of college recruiting and being gone a lot."

Gober also coached at Southwestern Illinois College for five years before being hired at SIUE.

Having worked in Mascoutah as a banker, he sees the job as an opportunity for growth.

"I love the community and it's a close-knit community; I like the small-town atmosphere. They've got a brand new school and a couple guys I work with are lifelong residents of Mascoutah and they really have a lot of pride in athletics and the sports programs."

Gober's oldest daughter, Lexi Gober, was a standout player at Edwardsville High who now plays Division I volleyball as a sophomore at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

Younger daughter Liza Gober, a sophomore, will play for her father at Mascoutah.

"They took some lumps here last year and lot of that was because they were young," Coach Gober said. "I think that combines well with some of the older junior and seniors coming back next year. I know there's a lot of players playing club volleyball and some playing high-level club ball, so that bodes well for the future."

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, or on Twitter @NormSanders

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