Izzi Metz ’98 has recently been named the head coach of the Wilkes University men’s basketball team. Metz had previously been on the coaching staff at Boston College, where he served since 2011.
As a student at Hobart, Metz was twice named to the Dean’s List and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics.
After graduation, Metz returned to his native Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Bishop Montgomery High School coaching staff and helped guide that team to the CIF Division 3 State and Southern Section Championships in 2000. He also coached the Los Angeles Rockfish, a high school all-star team.
Metz returned to HWS as assistant coach for the 2000-01 season, and then served as head coach of the Statesmen from 2006-2011. In his five seasons as head coach at HWS, Metz led the team to new heights. He compiled a 69-62 record (.527), a mark that ranks him first at Hobart in wins per season (13.8), third in winning percentage, and fifth in career wins. Metz led the Statesmen to a school record 21 wins in 2010-11, capturing the Liberty League regular season championship and the ECAC Upstate Tournament Championship. His recruiting classes have produced three Liberty League Rookies of the Year-Tim Llewellyn (2007-08), Stefan Thompson (2009-10), Richie Bonnie (2010-11) and two-time unanimous first-team All-Liberty League selection Matt Peoble, who led the conference in scoring as a sophomore. Llewellyn was also selected as the inaugural Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year in 2010-11.
An article that appeared in the Times-Tribune announcing Metz as Wilkes’ new coach follows.
Wilkes to name BC assistant as basketball coach
Steve Bennett • April 15, 2014
Izzi Metz will take over as head coach of the Colonels.
Izzi Metz will become the 11th men’s basketball coach at Wilkes University, according to The Citizen’s Voice newspaper.
Wilkes has scheduled a news conference for 3 p.m. today where Metz is expected to be introduced.
The Citizen’s Voice, a sister newspaper of The Times-Tribune, learned of the hiring through multiple sources who requested anonymity because the deal hadn’t been announced yet.
Metz replaces Jerry Rickrode, who stepped down in February after 22 years at the helm to take a job within the university’s Advancement Division to work as a major gifts officer. Rickrode went 328-191 at Wilkes and guided the Colonels to the Final Four in the 1997-98 season.
Metz comes to Wilkes from Boston College where he was hired as the director of basketball operations in 2011 before being elevated to assistant coach.
Metz, a 1998 graduate of Hobart College, started his coaching career at Bishop Montgomery High School, near his hometown of Los Angeles.
Metz was an assistant coach at Hobart in the 2000-01 season, then became an assistant coach at Cornell from 2001-06. He helped guide the Big Red to back-to-back winning seasons in the Ivy League for the first time since 1986-87 and 1987-88.
He returned to Hobart as the head coach in 2006.
While the head coach at Hobart, the Statesmen went 69-62. In 2010-11, he led Hobart to the Liberty League regular-season crown and the ECAC Upstate tournament title. The Statesmen finished with a school-record 21 wins.
Wilkes is coming off a season where it finished 3-11 in the Freedom Conference and 8-16 overall.