DeKalb looks to fill boys, girls varsity basketball coaching positions

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:59 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:52 a.m. CDT
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Dave Rohlman no longer is the boys varsity basketball coach at DeKalb High School.

Both the varsity boys and girls basketball coaching positions at DeKalb High School are vacant and posted on the District 428 website.

Dave Rohlman had held the boys position since the 2005-06 season. Chris Davenport had been the Barbs' girls coach the past two years. Davenport told the Daily Chronicle he resigned from the postion because of personal reasons. Multiple calls and a voicemail message to Rohlman's cellphone were not returned.

Rohlman replaced Chuck Schramm as DeKalb's boys coach for the 2005-06 season. The highlight of his career was 2009-10, when the Barbs won the Western Sun Conference title and the lone regional championship of Rohlman's career.

DeKalb, which featured current Northern Illinois center Jordan Threloff, the 2009-10 Daily Chronicle Player of the Year, advanced to the Class 3A Hampshire Sectional final before losing to Oswego.

Rohlman had a career record of 123-149 in his nine seasons as Barbs coach.

Davenport's teams won the Northern Illinois Big 12 East title in each of his two seasons. However, the Barbs were upset in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs each time.

DeKalb was defeated by eventual Class 4A fourth-place finisher Huntley in the Class 4A Belvidere North Regional semifinals last season. In 2014, the Barbs were upset by Belvidere North in the Class 4A Rockford Jefferson Regional semifinals.

Davenport, a 1991 DeKalb High grad, spent the 2011-12 season as an assistant to former Barbs girls basketball coach Ben Bates before taking over the program. He had a record of 44-13 in his two seasons as DeKalb's coach. DeKalb won over 20 games each season.

"Obviously, winning conference titles and winning 20 games back-to-back was nice. The true accomplishments we didn't get to, so that was disappointing. As far as just working with the kids, I enjoyed working with them day-to-day," Davenport said. "It helped me as a coach, to learn some more patience even though it might not have looked like it all the time, because I was different with them than I had been in the past when I coached the boys, whether it had been with DeKalb High School or AAU. I coached a lot of AAU.

"I found a lot of patience which I thought helped me grow as a coach."

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