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Troy Odegaard Named Head Women's Basketball Coach at Concordia College;
Bob Kohler Named Assistant Coach.
 Troy Odegaard was named the new head women's basketball coach. 
Bob Kohler
was named the assistant women's basketball coach. He returns to the women's basketball program after a six-year hiatus. 

April 18, 2002   Posted 11:30 AM CST

MOORHEAD -- Troy Odegaard has been named the head women's basketball coach at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., while Bob Kohler has been named assistant coach. Odegaard, a native of Brookings, S. D., has served as the assistant coach the past two seasons and will take over for Sara Cepek - who stepped down earlier in the month. Kohler was Concordia's head women's basketball coach for three seasons from 1992 through 1995, but had to resign from the position due to medical reasons. He has been an assistant football coach throughout his tenure at Concordia and also teaches in the Health and Physical Education department.

Odegaard was the boy's assistant varsity coach at Lincoln Southeast High school in Lincoln, Neb. during the 1999-2000 season before he joined the Cobber staff.  Prior to coaching at Southeast High he was an assistant coach for the men's team at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln from 1997-1999. He was part of the coaching staff that led the Cornhuskers to a NCAA tournament appearance in 1998 and the NIT tournament in 1999. Odegaard was also a graduate assistant and assistant coach for the South Dakota State men's team from 1995 - 1997.  He received his undergraduate degree from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. in 1986 and his master's degree from SDSU in Brookings, S.D.

He expressed his optimism and excitement by stating, "I am grateful for the opportunity to continue the tradition of Cobber women's basketball, and look forward to coaching the players on this team."

"I think the community of Concordia College has a wonderful atmosphere to grow as an individual, a coach and mentor and also a terrific place to raise a family."

Concordia athletic director Dr. Armin Pipho explained the decision by saying, "Troy has demonstrated a commitment to the mission of our college, has the knowledge and passion for the game and provides important continuity to the program. I am excited about the new leadership for women's basketball at Concordia."

Kohler began his career at Concordia as the assistant men's basketball coach. He was the assistant from 1986 until 1991, when he took over the women's program. Before coming to Concordia, Kohler had 15 years of experience coaching at both the high school and college level. He is a 1969 graduate of Valley City State University and went on to earn his masters degree from Northern State.

He is excited to get back into coaching college basketball again and said it will help him "fill a void" that was left when he stepped down during the 1995-96 season. Kohler said, "I am very excited to be back in coaching because I enjoy working with the student athlete. It will give me an opportunity to teach a whole new generation of Cobber women's basketball players."

Kohler went on to add that, "I am happy to be working with Coach Odegaard because I feel that he will be a great coach and tireless recruiter."

Pipho stated that, "Bob Kohler brings that valuable experience of having been coached at the college level, and the ability to motivate and inspire young athletes to do their best. I am happy that Bob is once again involved in the game that he loves so much."

He also commented on the coaching tandem by saying, "Troy and Bob give us a special combination of coaching that will provide leadership and guidance to the basketball student/athletes of Concordia. I look forward to the two of them being involved in the women's basketball program."

Along with his coaching duties, Odegaard will continue to serve as head men's golf coach and teach in the Health and Physical Education department.

Kohler will stay actively involved in the Cobber football program, and continue to teach in the Health and Physical Education department.

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