Jacob Plocher is coaching 33 players this season, including his sister Mollie Plocher.
Jacob Plocher is the head coach of both the Presentation College men’s and women’s soccer teams. There are 18 PC men’s players and 15 PC women’s players. Jacob Plocher's sister Mollie is a senior for the women’s team.
“I look up to him a lot,” Mollie Plocher said. “Even just as a human being. As a coach, it is pretty amazing since it is his first head coaching job.”
Presentation College suspended its women’s soccer program in 2011 and 2012. Jacob Plocher, 27, was named the women’s coach in December 2012 and then was named the men’s coach this past March after former coach Scott Westbrook resigned.
“That is all he has been doing since he got the job, is trying to recruit and getting the programs up and running,” Mollie Plocher said, “especially the girls’ first-year program.”
One of Jacob Plocher's recruits for this first season was his sister. Mollie Plocher, 22, was playing at William Penn in Iowa. She decided she wanted to transfer to another school after last season. She signed with Presentation and her brother this past July.
“She knew kind of what I was going to bring as a coach and what I was looking for and knew that we needed help to get this program up and running again,” Jacob Plocher said. “She was looking forward to the opportunity to help out.”
Their father, Wayne Plocher, coached the two when they were younger. Wayne Plocher was in the military and the family moved around a lot when they were growing up. Soccer was their way of building friendships with so many people as they travelled around the country.
“We did rec soccer,” Mollie Plocher said. “We reffed soccer. I have coached little kids before. Jake coaches and obviously it is now his profession and our dad coached us when we were little. So it has been there ever since I could remember.”
The Plochers graduated from West Plains High in West Plains, Mo. Jacob Plocher played soccer at both William Penn and Missouri Southern State.
“He was pretty much like he is as a coach,” Mollie Plocher said about Jacob as a player. “He was hard working. He was captain in high school and college, so he has always been a leader. He sets a good example.”
Jacob Plocher began his coaching career at West Plains. He spent time coaching Mollie Plocher when she was younger. Mollie Plocher is a defender for the Saints.
“As a soccer player, she reads the game very well,” Jacob Plocher said about Mollie Plocher. “She is kind of like me as far as we have battled through some injuries. She may not be as quick as she once was, but she tends to make up for that with her smarts. She is a good leader. She is super competitive when she gets on the field. She just has a great passion for the game.”
Mollie Plocher will graduate from Presentation College next year with a degree in exercise science. Since she will be in Aberdeen for at least one more year, she will help her brother again next year, as she will be a student assistant for the women’s team.
“She believed in me and wanted me to be able to coach her,” Jacob Plocher said. “That to me was a nice feeling that a family member is willing to uproot and come play and go to school somewhere else. I thought that was really cool.”
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Saturday will be the 101st meeting between college football rivals North Dakota State (3-0) and South Dakota State (3-1) at 2 p.m. at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium in Brookings. The Bison are the two-time defending national Football Championship Subdivsion champions and rated No. 1, while the Jacks are No. 6. NDSU leads the series 55-40-5.
Not only is Saturday the 101st meeting between SDSU and NDSU, it is the 101st time in Missouri Valley Football Conference history two ranked teams have met.
SDSU junior running back and the Missouri Valley Football Conference offensive player of the week, Zach Zenner (Eagan, Minn.) made a statement to be considered as the FCS player of the year with his 202 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the Jacks’ 59-20 loss to Nebraska.
Valley City State (3-1) became the first North Star Athletic Association football team to be rated in the NAIA rankings. The Vikings are No. 19 after defeating Trinity Bible College last Saturday.
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