April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Interim coach to finish Nobbe's season with similar style

By By Paul [email protected]

Griff Roth's promotion as interim head coach of the Hauser High School boys basketball program is coming with the shining endorsement of departing Coach Bob Nobbe.

That's a big deal, given Nobbe's 20 years of experience.

"He and I worked together for 19 of those years," the 51-year-old veteran said about his longtime assistant coach. "I can't think of anyone better suited and more capable to take over this group of boys."

Nobbe, who will continue to teach social studies at Hauser, made his resignation official Jan. 10 after having missed the entire basketball season to this point because of vision problems. He said he had problems with one retina a few years ago, then had problems with the other retina in October, just as team conditioning for the 2016-17 season was starting. He had surgery and decided it best to step down.

The decision was difficult. He said he always enjoyed coaching young people, and looked forward to working with a new group of boys who brought the same talent and determination he loves to nurture.

"Been a lot of memories," he said. "I've love running into former members of my teams and reminiscing with them.

"That shared experience is special."

The Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp. Board immediately named Roth as interim head coach. School district officials have said an in-depth search for a permanent replacement would come after the season ends.

For now, it's Roth's team. Unless you ask Roth himself.

The new coach said he knows Nobbe's style and what he was trying to accomplish. He plans to continue on that same trajectory and insists the Hauser team of today is the same team that Nobbe built.

"He taught these kids not only about basketball, but about life," Roth said. "We all hated to see him go."[[In-content Ad]]