Hobart Director of Athletics Mike Hanna ’68 recently announced the appointment of Izzi Metz ’98 as head coach of the Statesmen basketball team. Metz returns to his alma mater after five successful seasons as an assistant coach at Cornell University.
“I’m excited about the future of Hobart basketball and confident in the leadership, energy, character, and teamwork that Izzi Metz brings to our basketball program, to our campus, and to the community of Geneva,” Hanna said. “As an assistant coach, Izzi was a key factor in the best season in Hobart basketball history and at Cornell he has clearly established his effectiveness as a teacher, as a recruiter, and as a mentor of young men. In my mind, Izzi Metz defines the term ‘Statesman’ and our athletics staff joins me in welcoming him home.”
“I’m very grateful for this opportunity,” Metz said. “It’s been a dream of mine for a very long time to be a head coach. I’m ready to run with it.”
With the Big Red, Metz has been involved in all aspects of the program, from recruiting to planning and executing practices, to film break down and scouting, as well as serving as the head coach of the Cornell junior varsity basketball team. During the 2005-06 season, Cornell posted a 13-15 overall record, including a second consecutive winning season in the Ivy League (8-6), a feat not accomplished since 1986-87 and ’87-88 seasons.
“What is most striking about Coach Metz is his uncanny ability to analyze a situation and develop an effective plan for success,” Cornell Head Coach Steve Donahue said. “He never compromises his values and remains committed to the development of young men, both as individuals and as basketball players.”
Metz joined the Big Red following one season as an assistant coach at Hobart. That season, he was the top assistant for the Statesmen’s most successful season. The 2000-01 Hobart squad produced a school record 20 wins against just eight losses, tied for first in the Liberty League, won the conference’s tournament championship, and earned the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid.
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 has extensive experience as a camp clinician, working at the UCLA Basketball Camp, the Eastern Invitational Basketball Camp, the Pocono Invitational Basketball Camp, and the Massachusetts Special Olympics.