NEW ULM - He's back.
Jeremy Drexler, who was the head girl's basketball coach at New Ulm Cathedral from 2008-11, is back at the helm of the Greyhounds.
"I am excited to be back at Cathedral," said Drexler, who agreed to take the coaching position for one year. "I loved my time at Cathedral. They were in need to someone to fill that spot and I am glad that I can help them out."
Drexler replaces Mary Dengerud, who resigned from that coaching position.
Drexler, who was a volunteer assistant for the Minnesota State University-Minnesota men's basketball program for two years after leaving Cathedral and got his Master's Degree there, said that those two years at MSU-Mankato were a great learning experience. They are an elite D-II basketball program. I had a blast those two years. I did try and find a full-time coaching job this spring."
Drexler said that the caveat in taking the coaching job was that it would be for only one year for a special reason.
"My daughter is a sophomore this coming year at Sleepy Eye St. Mary's so for her junior and senior years I want to be around to watch her play," he said.
Drexler's coaching style is one that he was always used.
"The team plays hard, smart and plays good defense," Drexler said.
As far as offense goes, I am kind of a motion (offense) guy. I want to run motion but I understand that I will have to adjust to the kind of players that I have."
"I do like to have the flex (offense) in which was what Mary ran but I like to my own thing so there will be some adjustment period going on" he added.
While Drexler is relatively new to most of his current players. some of the players on the team know him from his past coaching at CHS.
"This group of seniors had me for a coach when they were freshmen,: he said. "So my style will not be completely new to them."
Drexler, who is also the Assistant City Clerk for Hanska, said that balancing both jobs should not be an issue
"There might be a couple of weeks where I have to go to work after practice," he said. "But it is no different than two years ago when I was running my own business and coaching. You just have to manage your time."
Drexler said that John Miheve will be the varsity assistant but that they are still looking for a JV coach."
"I love being part of Cathedral - I graduated from there and I am glad that I can come back and help them out," Drexler said. "I have a passion for coaching so this keeps me in the game."