Coach Adam Vogt selected to lead Louisville program. And that's just a start to the story.
Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca alum Adam Vogt is a young coach on the rise.
Young enough that players Vogt will soon be coaching, including a freshman-to-be, remember watching him play high school ball at the state tournament.
After helping lead S-D-A to the state basketball tourney, Vogt signed autographs for a pair of young fans.
And, up until recently accepting the head coaching job at Louisville High School, probably forgot about that event entirely.
He went on to wrap up a fantastic athletic career at S-D-A where he played everything from basketball and football, to track, golf and baseball.
At Concordia, Vogt made significant impact for the Bulldog men’s basketball team and won acclaim for his work on the court and in the classroom. He even circled back to football late in his Concordia career by donning the pads one more time.
Then it was on to coaching. And that’s where the story adds a layer of interesting.
Mark Hrabik, the head coach of the S-D-A boys’ basketball program, had designs for bringing Vogt back to the Rockets in an assistant coach capacity. Before a teaching opening came up that would allow this to happen, Vogt found work at Lourdes Central Catholic as a middle school math teacher, assistant boys’ basketball coach and assistant football coach.
The opportunity then opened for Vogt to go back to S-D-A and Hrabik talked to Lourdes about the possibility of Vogt leaving Lourdes before he started. A deal was struck where Lourdes would attempt to contact a candidate who had applied along with Vogt for the Knights’ position. If that candidate was still available and accepted the job, Vogt would head back to S-D-A.
Turns out, that didn’t happen.
So Vogt coached at Lourdes for two years. And it was an eventful two years. He was an assistant on the football staff for a solid Knight campaign and backed that up by serving as an assistant for the Lourdes boys’ basketball team’s state championship season.
A year later, Vogt assumed co-head coach duties for football along with Clay Carlton and the Knights made the playoffs. In year two with the boys’ basketball team, the assistant coach helped the Knights win a second straight state title.
Louisville came knocking with a job offer—middle school math, head boys’ basketball coach and assistant football coach.
The boys’ basketball program, which made the state tournament in 2015-16 and went 19-7 in 2016-17, boasts an established youth program with 55 players already signed up for summer ball in grades second through eighth.
Sounds like a pretty good opportunity.
The timing was perfect too. Vogt is getting married June 24, and his wife, Kristin Conahan, works in Omaha, a very drivable distance from Louisville.
Vogt said he and his fiance could picture spending a lot of years in Louisville, so he took the job.
Time for another layer of interesting.
Vogt will be trying to get Louisville a state championship in boys’ basketball, something the team hasn’t had since 1975 when high school star Mark Hrabik helped the Lions score a title.
And, about those two kids from earlier in this article—incoming freshman Caleb Hrabik and senior returner Jared Hrabik. They’re Mark’s nephews.
Instead of coaching alongside his former mentor, Vogt faces the prospect of leading Hrabik’s high school program, coaching against Hrabik and leading a team that includes relatives of his former coach. That’s somewhat intimidating and exciting at the same time.
During his time with Lourdes, Vogt assisted a team that clashed with Hrabik’s Rockets. But direct competition, well that’s going to be something different entirely.
“I know I will be at a disadvantage,” Vogt said in regards to trying to match wits with an established veteran coach like Hrabik. “That will be very humbling.”
The prospect of diving into the Class C1 pool of competition overall is a bit daunting. Coach Vogt said some would argue that the competitive level for C1 might be the toughest of all classes. And speaking of all-class, that would pretty much describe C1 coaching in southeast Nebraska.
In addition to Hrabik’s Rockets, Vogt’s teams will clash with Don Hogue’s Falls City Tigers and Jim Weeks’ Auburn Bulldogs.
“It’s very humbling to be put in the same category as them,” said Vogt.
The new challenge that awaits Vogt at Louisville means for an exciting future for the young coach. Vogt also noted that he’s thankful for the opportunity that preceeded this chance.
Vogt said telling his Lourdes family was tough and that he had to work at staying composed and not showing emotion while telling them the news and thanking everyone for the chance he got at Lourdes.
Vogt’s two-year run at Lourdes was one packed with success, but the coach said he was just lucky in that regard.
“I just walked into a lot of talent,” he said.
Vogt said he enjoyed working with the kids, adding that they’re as humble and down-to-earth as they are talented.
“This group will always have a special place with me,” said Vogt.
And what of that other special place from Vogt’s past—S-D-A. Is there a future scenario that would have Vogt returning to Syracuse someday as the head coach, possibly the successor to Coach Hrabik?
That’s a fun hypothetical to consider. And Coach Vogt admitted it would be one that he would at least have to entertain.
Now the focus is on Louisville, adjusting to being a head coach and getting set for all the challenges that come with that.
Challenge, to some folks, is a negative. For Vogt, a competitor to the core, this chance is perfect.
If you know the guy, you know that he can’t wait to get started.