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Aberdeen Christian all-time leading scorer new head coach

Matt Rohrbach is stepping into familiar shoes.

The younger brother of former Aberdeen Christian boys basketball coach David Rohrbach was named as the head coach of the Knights’ boys basketball program Thursday.

And not only will he be following a familiar name on the bench, he’ll be greeted by familiar faces in the locker room.

Matt Rohrbach will take over a roster of players he has worked with since middle school.

“Most of these kids were part of the Eyes Up Sports traveling team that I coached with Kevin Ratzsch,” Matt Rohrbach said. “We’ve been together a while.”

Rohrbach said he began coaching when the incoming seniors were in fifth grade, then added more players each summer. The core of that group is still together on the Knights roster.

“It’s been a fun ride,” Rohrbach said.

Still, the varsity basketball stage will be a new one for Rohrbach despite the familiarity with the squad. The former Knight standout and current career scoring record for the program said it’s hard to say how different his coaching style will be from his brother’s.

“We both like pushing the tempo as far as offense goes,” he said. “Defense, we both like that intensity.”

The Knights qualified for the state tournament for the third straight season last year and did not graduate any seniors from that squad, which was a staple in the Class B rankings and finished seventh overall at the state tournament.

“We’re definitely going into the season like we have unfinished business,” Rohrbach said. “The guys weren’t exactly thrilled with how they finished the state tournament last year.”

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