Chris Gerber named NOC Enid Men’s Basketball Coach

Mike Seals - September 30, 2020 10:54 pm

Northern Oklahoma College has hired assistant coach Chris Gerber to lead the NOC Enid Jets’ basketball program.

NOC announced the hire on Sept. 30.  Gerber replaces Aaron Butcher who left the Jets’ program in August.

Gerber, 31, has been an assistant in the Jets’ program three years assisting head coaches Aaron Butcher and Greg Shamburg.

“First, just want to thank (NOC President) Dr. Evans and (athletic director) Alan Foster for the opportunity to be the head coach at NOC Enid,” Gerber said.  “I am very honored and grateful to be a part of this program and community.”

“I look forward to continuing the success and tradition I have learned from coach Butcher and coach Shamburg,” he added.   “More than anything, I am just excited to be with these players this year. Going into my 4th year at Northern, our expectations of competing on the court and in the classroom will stay the same.  I’m really appreciative of the support and relationship with the Enid community and excited for the future of Jets men’s basketball.

Athletic Director Alan Foster is excited to see Gerber take over the Jets’ program.

“I appreciate the search committee’s effort in this endeavor,” Foster said.  “Due to the NJCAA moving all games to the spring semester we felt like we could be more patient and diligent in our search.  After an impressive group of candidates considered we felt like Chris (Gerber) was the right choice to lead the NOC Enid Men’s basketball program.”

“His knowledge and connection to the program will be beneficial in moving forward,” Foster added.  “I am excited for Chris to get his first opportunity to be a head coach here at NOC Enid and I look forward to what he and the Jets accomplish in the future.”

Gerber joined that staff in 2017 after spending two as the graduate assistant at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He also was a volunteer assistant coach at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas for two seasons, serving as the head coach for the JV team in the 2014-15 season.

Gerber is originally from Conway Springs, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. He also received his master’s degree in Sports Management from SWOSU in 2018.

Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services which create life-changing experiences and develop students as effective learners and leaders within their communities in a connected, ever changing world.

NOC, a public two-year community college, serves 5,700 students on the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater, online, and the University Center in Ponca City. Of these students about 60% receive financial aid and/or scholarships.

NOC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science.  The associate degree fulfills lower-division course work which is applicable towards a bachelor’s degree.

Call (580) 628-6200 for more information about Northern Oklahoma College or visit www.noc.edu .

 

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