Hobart College Assistant Basketball Coach Carl Wenzel has informed Head Coach Tim Sweeney that he is retiring from coaching. Wenzel has been a member of the Statesmen coaching staff since 2001.
“We wish Carl well in his future endeavors,” Sweeney said. “He’s a trusted mentor to our players and coaches and will be missed for, not only his basketball knowledge, but his great rapport with our student-athletes.”
Over the past 13 seasons, Wenzel has helped Hobart to a 195-146 record (.572) that includes five postseason appearances, five Liberty League regular season championships, four 20-win seasons, and two Liberty League Tournament championships. During his tenure, which saw five different men lead the Statesmen, Hobart has been voted the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year four times (2005, 2010, 2012, 2014).
In 2010-11, Wenzel helped the Statesmen to a program record 21 wins and an ECAC Upstate Championship. A year later, Hobart improved to 23-6. The Statesmen earned the program’s second NCAA tournament bid in 2012, producing Hobart’s first NCAA win, a 64-60 triumph over Ohio Wesleyan. In the second round, the Statesmen gave fifth ranked and eventual national runner-up Cabrini all it could handle on its home floor, before bowing to the Cavaliers 90-88 in overtime.
Hobart has posted a program record five consecutive winning seasons, winning at least 18 games in each of those seasons.
“With his coaching experience and his professional perspective, Carl Wenzel has had as strong an impact on our staff as he has on our student-athletes,” Hobart Athletic Director Mike Hanna ’68 said. “Even in retirement, Hobart Athletics will consider Coach Wenzel a member of the Statesmen family. He will be missed along the basketball bench and by his Bristol Gym colleagues and we are deeply grateful for the many, many ways in which he has added to the experiences of our student-athletes and our young coaches.”
Wenzel was a teacher in the Geneva City School District from 1975 until his retirement in 2008. He coached the boy’s junior varsity basketball team from 1975-76 through 1979-80. For the next 21 seasons, he guided the Panther’s varsity basketball team to a 265-182 (.593) record. Under his leadership, Geneva won three consecutive Finger Lakes East Championships (1982-84). Wenzel was named the Section V Class AA Coach of the Year in 1982 and 1983. He also led the Panthers to Sectional Championships in 1989 (Class B) and again in 1999 (Class BB).
A 1974 graduate of St. John Fisher College, Wenzel started three seasons for the Cardinals. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and was inducted into St. John Fisher’s Hall of Fame in 2006. Wenzel was also inducted into the Geneva Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.