Former head coach takes new role

Nic Zenker takes a knee with his Cairo High School players as head coach. Photo provided by Nic Zenker

Nic Zenker was a head basketball coach for over 20 years, most notably at Cairo High School, with a career record of 320-220.

He also taught history.

Zenker recently resigned from his head coaching position to come to Webster Groves, where his role is somewhat different.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been an assistant coach in my life,” Zenker said.

Why give up a head coaching job for an assistant job?

For Zenker, it’s about family. He cited his family as the main cause of his resignation. His son’s baseball team (the St Louis Gamers) plays far from his previous home and his daughter is starting classes at Jefferson College which was also a hefty drive. Zenker’s move makes it easier to see both of them.

Zenker previously had been named Class 2 District 5 co-coach of the year, winning three District titles with his former school Bowman County, and recording four over 20-win seasons with Cairo High School.

Now at Webster Zenker commands an assistant coaching position for basketball and has an Advisory class.

Zenker helps to make decisions about timeouts and coaching up players.

Mathes the current basketball head coach, said a coach of Zenker’s experience is highly valuable to a team.

There is no competition between the two, and Zenker is very comfortable in an assisting coaching role.

Zenker said he’s enjoyed his time being a head coach, but that period in his life is over for now.

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