New basketball coaches striving for success

New basketball coaches striving for success

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New basketball coaches striving for success

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Heading into this year’s basketball season, Shaler announced the hiring of a new boys basketball coach, Coach Robert Niederberger, and a new girls basketball coach, Coach Cornelius Nesbit.
Niederberger grew up less than 10 minutes from Shaler playing for North Allegheny when he was in high school. By growing up in a neighboring district, he saw and competed against some good Shaler players and experienced teams from years past. Niederberger wants to restore the dignity and honor the program had when he played against it.
“I decided to take the job because I’ve always felt that the personality at Shaler fit mine. I want to bring the pride teams in years past had back to Shaler,” Niederberger said.
Niederberger stated that it is very important to him that the boys learn life skills from playing the sport, rather than just looking at the win column.
“Personally, I learned more about life playing between the lines than I did sometimes in the classroom. You always hope and strive to win, but regardless whether you win or lose, these guys need to learn from it. Being a good teammate, being loyal to each other, being accountable for your actions, persevering through tough times, and understanding [real] hard work will be things every kid that plays for me will understand,” Niederberger said.
The background for Coach Neiderberger is pretty extensive when it comes to coaching. He has been a coach for the 8th and 9th grade teams at Butler, as well as the varsity assistant. He was also an assistant coach at Vincentian and Ambridge. Niederberger also coached at Burrell High School for three years, where he led the team to a WPIAL Final. He stated it is great to now be at Shaler.
“Now that I’m at Shaler, I feel like I’ve finally made it home,” Niederberger said.
Niederberger states his expectations are not necessarily for the team to win, but rather to compete.
“When I say compete, that means not just in games; but in practice every day. If we do that, the results will come. It is easy to feel great after a win and bad after a loss, but we need to just bring the intensity every day no matter what happens. You need to move forward,” Niederberger said.
Nesbit comes to Shaler after coaching AAU basketball for 10 years. Before this, he served 8 years as the head coach at Gateway High School. He has also been the assistant coach at South Fayette High School, Chartiers Valley High School, and LaRoche College. Nesbit states his number one task he looks to accomplish while coaching the girls is to have them realize how great they can be.
“My number one goal is to maximize the full potential of every player in the program and have each player be better at the end of the season then they were at the beginning of the season,” Nesbit said.
Nesbit states he took the job at Shaler because of the chance to coach a team in one of the best sections in high school basketball.
“I thought this would be a great challenge to get the program to that next level. The opportunity to coach in what I think is the best section in Quad A basketball. The program has really good players and the commitment to excellence and the passion of the parents and community,” Nesbit said.
Nesbit stated that even though he is new to Shaler and to the girls on the team, he feels he has done a good job so far gaining the trust of the girls.
“I believe the trust has to be earned so I have been open and honest with them about my philosophy and I have also embraced the culture and beliefs that they have already established as a program. I have given them ownership of some of the things we want to implement in the program,” Nesbit said.

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