Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Terry Hollander Returns to Coaching

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Terry Hollander Returns to Coaching

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Earlier this month, Terry Hollander did something he hadn't done in nearly four decades.

He sat down for a job interview.

"It was kind of unusual," Hollander said with a chuckle. "It was a little bit different."

He got the job. O'Fallon Christian officially announced Hollander as its new boys basketball coach Monday.

Hollander, who will turn 64 this summer, returns to high school basketball after a six-year hiatus as an assistant with the Lindenwood University men's basketball team.

He spent 30 years as the boys coach at St. Charles West. During his tenure, St. Charles West was 549-279 and won the 1995 Class 4A state title with a 58-51 win over Vashon. It's the program's only state championship.

The Warriors finished second in 2008 and placed third in 1994 and 2003. St. Charles West won 12 district titles in his tenure. He was inducted into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2008. The court at St. Charles West bears his name.

O'Fallon Christian is scheduled to play at St. Charles West next season. It's something Hollander's nephew and current St. Charles West coach Pat Steinhoff believes will be a moment remembered for a long time.

"That's going to be emotional for me," Steinhoff said.

Steinhoff officially was Hollander's assistant for six seasons but grew up in the gym at his uncle's side.

There came a point when the young apprentice had a realization.

"I wanted to take his job," Steinhoff, 33, said with a laugh. "Seeing him back is just awesome."

Hollander enjoyed his time working at the college level but said the travel was hard on him.

After he retired from Lindenwood's staff, but before he landed at O'Fallon Christian, there were several weeks Hollander was a man without a team. It wasn't a feeling he enjoyed.

"It was odd, for about six weeks it was the first time in 43 years I didn't have a team," Hollander said. …

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