Mt. Horeb gymnastics team competes in memory of former coach
It has been an emotional two weeks for the Mount Horeb gymnastics team. The Vikings are aiming to defend their state title this weekend. While that is plenty of motivation in itself, the girls are trying to win this one in memory of a former coach who is very special to the program.
Dave Koller coached the Vikings gymnastics team for 25 years, winning four state championships. He handed the reins over to his daughter Martha Faust, whose team won a state title in 2015.
Despite retiring from coaching, Koller was a frequent visitor to the Mount Horeb gym – whether it was hanging plaques on the walls or sweeping the floors after practices.
Koller passed away on Feb. 15. The team attended his funeral the following Thursday morning and had to compete in the state sectional meet that afternoon. The Vikings won first place.
The Mount Horeb community has rallied around the team. Several people made signs that say “Do it for Dave” to encourage the girls as they head to the state championship meet.
“It’ll be the first time he’s not there,” says Coach Faust, “I know he wants me to keep going and make my team the best we can be.”