It didn’t take long for Matt and Sara Boyer Rohde to find success at Green Bay Notre Dame High School.
Boyer Rohde is in her first season as the Tritons’ coach and Matt, a former standout basketball player at Weyauwega-Fremont High School, is one of her assistants.
They met while students at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where they both played basketball.
“She was the JV coach last year and asked me to coach with her,” Rohde said. “I said, ‘No, I won’t coach.’ I’ve always said I didn’t know if I want to coach. I said, ‘If you get a varsity job, I’ll be your assistant.’ She got the call and I was on the staff.”
Boyer Rohde led the Tritons to a 21-6 record this season and a trip to state. Although the season ended Friday, March 23, with a 52-34 loss to eventual Division 2 state champion New London in the semifinals, Rohde enjoyed the experience.
“The first year of coaching and married life with her was fun,” he said. “Sara has a very deep passion for basketball. Her life is basketball. If I didn’t coach with her, that first four months of marriage, we wouldn’t have been together as much. I try to get away from (basketball), but Sara’s going to talk about it. We’ll be sitting there eating and all of a sudden, she’ll go, ‘I’ve been thinking, maybe we should run this.’ I’ll say, ‘OK, we can talk about it again.'”
Rohde made it to state as a high school player in 2001. The Indians went into the Division 3 state championship game with a No. 1 ranking and a 26-0 record, but fell to Glenwood City 48-45. He finished his career with 2,383 points, sixth-best in Wisconsin at the time.
“Even my coach in high school (Mike Flanagan) made it once (to state) in his 30-some years,” Rohde said. “It’s not the same as being a player, but it’s still special seeing the faces on the girls.”
Rohde said his hardest adjustment was getting used to long bus rides with a girls’ high school basketball team.
“That’s probably the most difficult part for me, the goofiness that I’m not used to,” he said. “It’s fun. The girls have been a blast this year.”
Rohde works for Humana Inc., while Boyer Rohde is a fourth-grade bilingual teacher at Green Bay’s Eisenhower Elementary School.
Although basketball practice doesn’t get under way for another eight months, Rohde is already talking about next season.
“The season’s done, but we have to start coaching and thinking about next year,” he said. “Even though it’s high school, it’s a full-year thing if you want to be good.”