JOSHUA HAMLYN, KVN ANCHOR
Two Wartburg Legends accomplished major achievements in their basketball careers during a game last Wednesday.
Wartburg Head Coach Bob Amsberry in his 14th season at Wartburg earned his 400th career win coaching in last Wednesday’s game versus Buena Vista. In that game, Wartburg Senior Emma Gerdes collected her thousandth career point. Coach Amsberry talks about how he feels about the honor of his 400th career win, what makes his team sucessful, and his next goals as coach.
“Were just trying to get the next one,” said Amsberry. “I have been doing it for a long time and I’ve been fortunate to have some really, really good players. I’ve got a great coaching staff with me. You know, you surround yourself with good people and overtime, I think those things can pile up a bit.”
“Our biggest thing is having great team culture,” said Amsberry. “And we work really hard on making sure that’s a positive for us. You know just making sure that everybody’s on the same page and going in the same direction. And this group right now is as good as any that I’ve had as far as culture goes. I know that is kind of a buzz word these days in coaching, but it certainly has been great for us. Our kids have bought into it, we know we are a lot better when were together.”
Amsberry credits Coach Don Molner at McMurray for why he became a basketball coach. Senior Emma Gerdes also highlighted how she feels about scoring her 1,000th point, her experience as a knight, and her goals for the rest of the season.
“Just work your butt off everyday and have fun with it,” said Gerdes. “Basketball is something that I am really passionate about, and I have a lot of fun when I play, so it’s really cool.”
“I’m a really big team player,” said Gerdes. “Personally, a thousand points, it’s cool, but I mean if that’s the best thing that happened this season, I think I would be pretty bummed. We’re looking to get the conference championship and win the conference tournament and go far in the national tournament.”
Gerdes looks to play as a Knight deep into the NCAA tournament with her teammates. After she graduates in May, she plans to attend Allen College to pursue a nurse.
The women’s basketball team will end their regular season tomorrow, Feb. 28 at 4pm in Levick Arena as they take on the Loras Duhawks in the ARC Championship.
Tune into Knight Vision to see the game live at https://livestream.com/wartburgknightvision/wbb19-20.