September 16, 2009 - Premier Basketball League (PBL) - Vermont Frost Heaves
Barre, Vt.-The Vermont Frost Heaves of the Premier Basketball League today introduced Jeff Strohm as the team\'s new head coach.
He replaces Will Voigt, who after three seasons and two championships left last month to take over the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA\'s Development League, or D-League.
During a college-coaching career that began in 1989, Strohm, 42, has served as an assistant at Northern Illinois, Utah, Marquette and Western Kentucky, reaching NCAA Final Fours with both the Utes and the Warriors. He was one of the finalists in the University of Vermont\'s 2003 search for a coach to replace Tom Brennan.
"Jeff has a track record in all the areas that Frost Heaves basketball has become known for, from the recruitment of young men who are winners on and off the court, to the development of their potential once they sign on," said team founder Alexander Wolff. "He\'s helped to recruit and bring along five NBA first-round picks and, in Dwayne Wade, an MVP and Olympic gold medalist. He has fresh connections throughout the basketball world as well as a passion for teaching the game. From his associations with people like [former Utah coach and U.S. national team assistant] Rick Majerus, Frost Heaves fans can expect him to adapt quickly to the pro game.
"More than that, Jeff understands how basketball and the Frost Heaves fit into the Green Mountain State," added Wolff, who last month ceded management of the team to an investment group based in Central Vermont. "He grew up on a farm in Illinois, and as a Vermonter by marriage knows how important it is to ensure that the team continues to be part of life in Vermont during the winter."
Strohm is married to former Oxbow (Vt.) High School and Vanderbilt standout Jade Huntington, herself a former head coach at Colorado State. She played in four Vermont state title games at the Barre Auditorium, winning three.
On accepting the Head Coach position, Strohm states, "My family and I are humbled and honored to be selected to serve the wonderful people of Vermont as The New Head Coach of The Vermont Frost Heaves. It is with tremendous enthusiasm, energy and excitement we accept this position. Vermont Basketball has produced so many great lasting memories over the years for my wife, her family and the great basketball fans in Vermont. We look forward to helping create many more of these memories in the years ahead for Vermont and its great Frost Heave fans".
Strohm, who holds a B.S. and M.S. in Education from Eastern Illinois, has organized, directed or participated in more than 100 basketball camps and will oversee the Frost Heaves\' Have-A-Ball Kids Camps and Basketball Academy.
Strohm lives in Bradford, Vt., with his wife Jade and their daughters Sydney, Jordin and Rylee.