SIU looks to win first season opener in four seasons
SIU a week away from season opener
Southern to play two exhibitions prior to 2012-13 regular season
Brandon Rohr takes over as assistant coach, Paige Mesalam as graduate assistant
Women's Basketball vs. Illinois State
Updated July 25, 2011
Brandon Rohr enters his first year as an assistant coach for Southern Illinois women's basketball, bringing with him four years of coaching experience at the collegiate level.
Rohr spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Concordia University Texas after a one-year stint at his alma mater, Nebraska Wesleyan.
At Concordia, Rohr was involved in all aspects of the program, including assisting in player development, practice and game management and scouting. Specifically, Rohr was responsible for coaching guards as well as serving as the team's recruiting coordinator and academic coordinator. During his tenure, the Tornados experienced a turnaround from a 9-16 record his first year to a 23-5 record last season.
Rohr helped Concordia to a banner year in 2011-12 as the team won American Southwest Conference West Division and ASC Tournament titles, made the NCAA Division III Tournament and set program records for wins (23), conference wins (19) and winning percentage (.821).
Rohr's recruiting efforts over three seasons at Concordia produced six All-Conference honors, four ASC All-Defensive honors and three ASC All-Freshman honors.
In addition to his basketball duties at Concordia, Rohr has also held the roles of event/fieldhouse manager, interim sports information director, athletic department assistant and adjunct professor.
Rohr has also been involved in basketball instruction since 2009. He has served as the executive head coach for Texas D1 Prospects since 2011 and the camp director for Midwest Elite Basketball since 2009.
A native of Tobias, Neb., Rohr was a four-time letter winner in baseball and track and field at Nebraska Wesleyan University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in sports management in 2008. He earned his master's degree in organizational management from Wayne State College in 2009.