PLATTE CITY, Mo. — One of the top players to compete at Truman High School will now be a coach in the Greater Kansas City Suburban Conference.
Rebecca Strobbe was hired as the next girls basketball head coach at Platte County High School last month, replacing Chris Stubbs who stepped down after 15 years at the helm.
Strobbe served as an assistant coach this year for the Pirates, who play in the Suburban Small Seven, the smallest division of the conference.
There was a connection between the two as Stubbs coached Strobbe during the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association Missouri vs. Kansas All-Star Game her senior year.
It will be the second head coaching gig for her after a three-year stint at Lone Jack.
“When Platte County was interviewing me last year they wanted someone in there that would get to know the program for a year and take over for Chris,” Strobbe said. “It is kind of nerve-wracking – the tradition that he built. Just to see how much he poured into the program and how much it meant to him. I want to carry on that legacy and make it matter to the kids as much as possible.
“I plan to be here for a long time. I like the district and I like the people Truman is my home, but I look forward to the next chapter at Platte County.”
Strobbe coached the junior varsity team this year and played three freshmen. She will inherit a relatively youthful roster that includes first-team all-conference player Amaya Blake, who started as a freshman this year.
“We had some promising players on the JV team that got a lot of playing time and got to know me and my style of play,” Strobbe said. “I learned they want to compete and they want to be good and they want to be coached up. They are hungry and they want to win. We will do well if keep that in mind every time we step on the court. We have to get better if we want to win.”
Strobbe noted she was able to take a step back and learn new things and from a different perspective from Stubbs, who led Platte County to a state championship in 2009.
The year off being a head coach also allowed her to start her master's degree with the University of Missouri.
This job isn't quite the rebuilding project she had at Lone Jack, which went 5-20 the year prior to her starting. By her third year, the team won 18 games, won a tournament title and won a district playoff game for the first time this decade.
She got the Lone Jack job after graduating from Rockhurst University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education and history. She played four years at the NCAA Division II school after a banner career at Truman.
Strobbe started four years for the Patriots, leaving as the fifth-highest scorer in school history and tied the record for points in a game with 36. She was all-state, all-conference, all-district and all-region and helped the Patriots to a 2009 postseason berth.
Basketball was her passion growing up and she traveled all over the United States playing at AAU events.
She noted her stepdad played a big role in her love of the game.
“I was an out-of-shape odd kid from the country moving into the city and he helped me develop a lot of friends and made my relationship with him a lot closer,” Strobbe said. “I fell in love with basketball. The ins and outs and having to work hard for everything I got.”
In fact, Strobbe's debut came in the Independence Youth Athletic Association, being an assistant coach with her stepdad and coached her little sisters. She then started coaching an AAU team while at Rockhurst.
“I thought I would take this route,” she said.