Aug. 2, 2012
By Bill Ford
CARBONDALE, Ill.— Southern Illinois women’s basketball coach Missy Tiber announced Thursday the addition of Brandon Rohr to her coaching staff as well as the hiring of graduate assistant Paige Mesalam.
Rohr assumes the assistant coaching spot left vacant by Terry Nooner, who accepted a position at Kansas.
"Brandon is a highly respected skill developer in the midwest and south. His work ethic and passion for the game will be an important factor in the continued growth of our program,” Tiber said. "Our goal was to find someone to continue our recruiting success, and I strongly believe Brandon has the knowledge and personality to do this."
Rohr brings four years of collegiate coaching experience to Carbondale, having spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Concordia University Texas after one year at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
"I am very blessed to be joining the tremendous staff here at Southern Illinois,” Rohr said. “This is a great opportunity, and I fully believe in Coach Tiber's mission to build a championship program at SIU. We have some special young ladies on our team and I am looking forward to aiding in their development on and off the court.”
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 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.
Mesalam comes to Carbondale after serving as a graduate assistant for basketball support services at Gonzaga last year. Prior to Gonzaga, Mesalam served as a manager for the Western Kentucky men’s basketball team for three seasons as an undergraduate. She received a bachelor’s degree in corporate and organizational communication from WKU in 2010.
"Paige is a tireless worker and has a strong desire to be associated with women's basketball at the college level,” Tiber said. “As the daughter of a high school basketball coach, being in the gym and assisting in daily operations is second nature."