Episode 13: HWS Basketball
On the latest edition of the Pulteney Street Podcast, President Joyce P. Jacobsen talks Statesmen and Herons basketball with Hobart Head Coach Stefan Thompson ’13 and William Smith Head Coach Lindsay Sharman, discussing the success of Hobart’s defensive strategy, William Smith’s perseverance through illness and injury to a winning record, and each coach’s philosophy on the game.
Thompson was named the 20th head coach of the Hobart basketball program during the summer of 2019, after five seasons as an assistant coach at Wilkes University and Hobart. During his tenure on the coaching staff, the Statesmen have captured a Liberty League regular season championship and advanced to the 2019 Liberty League Tournament Championship game. Thompson and his colleagues were voted the 2017-18 Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year after the Statesmen posted a 21-5 record that included a program record 15-game winning streak.
Thompson holds a master’s degree in education from Wilkes University. A native of Syracuse, he graduated from Hobart in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology. He is the first NABC All-American in Hobart basketball history and led the team to an 82-31 record over four seasons. He and his classmates were the first class of Hobart basketball players to produce four consecutive winning seasons in over 55 years and the first to make four consecutive postseason appearances.
Sharman was named head coach of the William Smith basketball program prior to the start of the 2005-06 season, and over the subsequent 14 seasons, she has directed her Heron teams to three Liberty League regular season championships, two 20-win seasons, two NCAA tournament appearances, a Liberty League tournament title and an ECAC Upstate tournament championship. Her players have earned 36 All-Liberty League awards as well as seven Liberty League All-Rookie Team selections. Sharman and her coaching team have earned Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year recognition five times.
Sharman, who also spent two seasons as the William Smith golf team’s head coach and one as an assistant coach, is a 2001 graduate of Kalamazoo College. She was an All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association selection and one of the top players in Kalamazoo history.