Volleyball: Gothe resigns after 10 years coaching Elks

Elk River volleyball coach Pam Gothe (with blue clipboard) huddled with her players during a match early this season. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


Pam Gothe, Elk River head volleyball coach for 10 years, announced her resignation at the team’s banquet Nov. 26.

“I’m a grandmother of four now, going on five, and have other priorities,” Gothe told the Star News. “It will be sad to leave behind all the friendships. And the games — I love the competition.”

Gothe was an assistant to the previous coach, Brenda Holmgren, who retired the year District 728 split into three schools.

“Then all of a sudden needed three new head coaches, and I took the job as a favor,¬† thinking I’d do it for a year or two,” said Gothe. “My daughter had just started playing college volleyball at the time.”

Her tenure wound up being an even decade. In recent years, Gothe said, she wanted to stick it out with¬† this year’s large senior group whom she has coached for four years.

Her 10-year record was 111-164 as the Elks struggled for a few years after the split. They had winning records the last three years including 17-12 this fall.

Gothe, a special education teachers aide with the school, is youth volleyball association president and will continue in that capacity. She also coaches freshman softball.