Shelsta stepping down as Norfolk boys basketball coach
NORFOLK, Neb. -- For the second time in just over a week, a Norfolk High School basketball coach is stepping down from coaching.
Norfolk Public Schools announced on Wednesday that boys basketball head coach Matt Shelsta would be stepping away from his position on the team. Shelsta has coached boys basketball and taught P.E. and strength and conditioning each of the past two years.
"I want to thank the players of Norfolk High for being great kids and hard workers," Shelsta said in a press release. "They were coachable and were a joy to work with the past two years. I want to thank the coaches for their work in practices, off-season workouts, and providing valuable direction for our team. Our goals, as a program, were to improve daily and to be the hardest-working team on the court. I believe we did that to a great extent. I know that the relationships built within our program will be the most difficult thing about stepping down. It is the right time for my family and I to take some time and see what’s next. I appreciate the time I have had leading the Panthers and I wish nothing but success in the future for Norfolk High.
"I have known Coach Shelsta for the past two years and he is a person who truly cares about his athletes," said NPS Activities Director John Erwin. "Coach Shelsta has done a great job with the boys basketball team getting the most out of his athletes. He is passionate about the game and this is evident in his coaching. I want to personally thank Matt and his family for the two years he has given to the Norfolk Panthers and community. I wish Matt all the best, and I know he will do great things in whatever he chooses to do."
Shelsta was 12-36 in his two seasons at the helm. A search for a replacement is underway.