Roche captures Liberty League Coach of the Year honor – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Roche captures Liberty League Coach of the Year honor

Hobart College Basketball Head Coach Rich Roche headlined the Statesmen’s All-Liberty League honorees, earning Coaching Staff of the Year honors in a vote of the conference’s coaches. Junior guard Colby Feane (Weedsport/Weedsport, N.Y.) earned first-team recognition, while senior forward Joe Flacke (Schenectady/Schenectady, N.Y.) represents Hobart on the second team.

In his eighth season at the helm, Roche, assisted by Joe Wojtylko, Dennis Pysnack, Carl Wenzel, and Woody Kampmann, led the Statesmen to a 15-9 overall record, the third highest win total in the 95-year history of Hobart basketball. Roche’s 93 wins ranks third on the Statesmen’s career wins list, and is just one shy of Lyle “Spike” Garnish (94 wins from 1950-51 and 1959-60). Leading Hobart to its first regular season championship since the 2000-01 season, Roche became the first coach to lead the Statesmen to the NCAA Basketball Tournament when his 2000-01 team won the conference tournament and earned a first round bye.

A three-time Liberty League Guard of the Week selection, Feane leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.510) and steals (2.5), and ranks among the top-10 in scoring (6th, 16.7), free-throw percentage (4th, .802), three-pointers made (5th, 2.3/gm), and assists (8th, 3.1/gm). The Statesmen’s leader on the court, Feane put himself in the records book this season, connecting on at least one three-point field goal in all 22 games he has played this season. Scoring double digits in 19 games this year, he posted 25 points three times and dropped in at least 15 points in 15 games. He had a season-high eight assists in a win over St. Lawrence.

Flacke, a two-time Liberty League Forward of the Week, leads the team in field goal percentage (.584) and is second in scoring (12.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg). Scoring at least 10 points in 18 games this year, Flacke posted a career-high 29 points, including knocking down the winning basket with 21.7 seconds left, in a 66-65 win at Union. That same weekend, Flacke dominated the boards at Skidmore with a season-high 10 offensive rebounds and 18 total to go with his 12 points. He posted four double doubles this season. For his career, Flacke sports a solid .521 field goal percentage and has scored over 300 points in each of his past two seasons.