Written by Scott Venci, Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Notre Dame girls basketball coach Sara Rohde, who led the Tritons to the WIAA Division 2 state championship last weekend, was named The Associated Press state coach of the year on Wednesday. Notre Dame beat New Berlin Eisenhower 42-33 for the second state title in program history and the first since 2001. The Tritons finished 22-6.
Rohde is the second straight area coach to be named AP girls coach of the year, following De Pere’s Kelly McNiff last season.
“It’s exciting,” said Rohde, a former player and assistant coach under Kevin Borseth at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. “I do have to give a lot of credit to all of my other coaches, too. I couldn’t just do it by myself.
“I really thought we had a talented group of girls. I think initially what was holding us back was our team chemistry and everyone knowing their roles. As the year went on, everyone got better with that.”
The Tritons started 5-4 but appeared to find their stride by January. They ended their championship run with an eight-game winning streak.
Rohde has enjoyed instant success since being hired by Notre Dame in 2011.
The Tritons have gone 43-12 during her first two seasons and have advanced to the state tournament both times.
“Obviously, I always thought it would be nice to get to that point,” said Rohde about winning a title. “I didn’t know when it would happen, but then after our first year when we won a sectional final, it was kind of crazy.
“This year we always thought it was going to be possible, just because we had a good group of girls coming back.”
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Coach Rohde is a 2003 graduate of the Professional Program in Education, and is currently finishing her MS in Education in our Applied Leadership Program. She is a 4th grade bilingual teacher at Green Bay’s Eisenhower Elementary.