Scott Kroeger just turned 23 years old in May and hasn't been out of college all that long, but when the opportunity arose to apply to be the Montgomery County varsity boys basketball coach, he acted on it.
Now Kroeger has a whole new set of responsibilities to manage and hopes the fact this team has done so well the past several seasons will work in his favor.
"I've been playing basketball a long time. As much as any coach ever would have," Kroeger said. "I started on the varsity for four years at Elsberry High School, where I graduated from. I then went to Lindenwood College in St. Charles and played football for two years before deciding to try out for the basketball team, where I spent the next two seasons."
Last school year Kroeger worked at Elsberry High School as a Biology Teacher. This year at Montgomery County he'll be handling In-School Suspension, providing academic support and Missouri Options, which is an alternative designed for students who are not scheduled to graduate with their class.
"I heard there might be an opening at Montgomery County and because it came up so late I knew there wasn't going to be too much competition," said Kroeger. "I really wasn't looking for another job because last year was my first year teaching. As a teacher I was looking to settle down, get another year under my belt and have my materials done because I had to make up all of those on the fly. I didn't have a student/teaching experience. I was on a provisional license, but did have my own classroom."
When school is not in session Kroeger is a basketball training instructor with Drew Hanlen's Pure Sweat. He's also employed by Alex Bazell, an individual trainer who's worked with several National Basketball Association players and numerous men's and women's top college prospects.
"In college I worked for Alex Bazell at Pure Sweat. He gave me a chance to learn," Kroeger said. "He taught me quite a bit about skill development, as well as player relationships. That point of view has helped me a lot. Along with the two college coaches I played for, Brad Soderburg, who was the interim coach at the University of Wisconsin after Dick Bennett retired and the Saint Louis University head coach for several years. Lance Randall was then my coach my last year at Lindenwood."
While Randall has been building his resume' as a Div. 2 college assistant coach since then, at Elsberry in 2016-17 Kroeger also served as an assistant coach with the varsity football program. While his summer schedule hasn't allowed the former Indian to spend as much time as he'd like at Montgomery County, he'll hold that same title with the Wildcats.
Varsity head football coach John Klekamp is then going to turn around and assist Kroeger during basketball season after holding that same title under former Montgomery County boys hoops coach Ron Lebel.
"This is a great opportunity, so I decided to pursue it, and it worked out," said Kroeger.