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Lindenberg adds varsity girls basketball to his Somerset coaching duties

Cory Lindenberg

When Cory Lindenberg decided he wanted to pursue the Somerset girls basketball varsity coaching position, he had to make two consultations first.

The first of those was with his wife. The second was with several of the girls basketball players, who could see him as a coach in three straight seasons.

“I asked if they thought it would be ‘Lindenberg overload.’ They said they didn’t mind. That made me feel comfortable throwing my hat in the ring,” Lindenberg said.

He was approved to take over the girls varsity position at the June meeting of the Somerset Board of Education. Lindenberg is also the Somerset varsity softball coach and the assistant girls golf coach. He replaces Kendrick Livers, who resigned after the season.

“I love coaching basketball,” Lindenberg said, saying that he did his first coaching in high school at a basketball camp. “Basketball is one of the ultimate team sports. Basketball is easier to hide weaknesses and emphasize strengths.”

Lindenberg has spent the past several years as an assistant coach in the Somerset boys basketball program. He said his goal for the team begins with a strong defensive mindset.

“When it comes to being on the attack, I believe in running a system that emphasizes your players’ strengths,” he said.

There is the possibility the Spartans won’t have any seniors on this year’s team, after there were no juniors or seniors on last year’s team. Lindenberg said he’s open to players coming back to the program who played in the past. As it stands now, he said he’s planning on four to six juniors, a talented group of sophomores, and more than a dozen freshmen to be part of the girls program this winter.

The Spartans’ top returning scorer, Tori Martell, underwent knee surgery six weeks ago. Lindenberg said Martell’s goal is to return to practice by December.

Lindenberg has emphasized building up numbers in the youth program in softball and he hopes to see the same happen in basketball.

The enthusiasm Lindenberg shows in all his coaching and teaching endeavors is clear when he begins talking about his plans for the basketball program.

“I wouldn’t have applied if I didn’t think I could do both to the best of my ability,” he said about being one of the few coaches in the area who is a varsity coach in two sports.

Somerset coaching news

There is news involving several other sports at Somerset High School.

While he has resigned as athletic director, Bill Roll will continue to serve as the Somerset boys soccer varsity coach.

Somerset is also looking for a new cross country coach. Physical education teacher Julie Mocadlo, who was also the varsity cross country coach, recently resigned from the school district to take a teaching position in Minnesota. The school district is seeking applicants for the cross country coaching position.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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