Men's and Women's Basketball To Host Ed Hockenbury Classic

Men's and Women's Basketball To Host Ed Hockenbury Classic

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University is proud to host the annual Ed Hockenbury Classic starting this Friday, December 1st and ending on Sunday, December 3rd. The three-day tournament brings together some of the top basketball talent in the region, including teams from Worcester State University, Trinity (Conn.) College, the University of Maine at Fort Kent, Lesley College, Wheaton College, and Bay Path College. 

The tournament begins on Friday with a 6 p.m. women's basketball showdown between Norwich and Bay Path College. The following 8 p.m. tilt will feature Trinity (Conn.) College and UMaine-Fort Kent before the four teams return to action Saturday for a 1 p.m. consolation game and the 3 p.m. championship contest. 

The men's portion of the Classic will commence at 6 p.m. on Saturday with Norwich taking on Lesley College before an 8 p.m. showdown between Worcester State University and Wheaton College. The men's slate of contests will end Sunday with a 1 p.m. consolation game to be immediately followed by the championship at 3 p.m. 

There is no charge for admission at the Ed Hockenbury Classic. Live Stats for all contests are available on the NU Athletics website and Live Video will be offered for games involving Norwich.

The Cadets have historically held a basketball tournament prior to the New Year, but in 1997, the annual basketball classic was named in honor of Ed Hockenbury, a long-time Norwich men's basketball coach who passed away in 1996 after a courageous two-year fight against brain cancer. 

Hockenbury dramatically transformed the fortunes of the men's basketball team at Norwich upon his hire in 1976, assuming the reins of a team that had only three seasons of 10 or more wins since its inception in 1902 and piloting the Cadets to two NCAA Division III Tournaments and 182 total victories across a 17-year career.

Dedicated to service of others before self in true Norwich fashion, Hockenbury mentored hundreds of student-athletes in numerous roles within the athletic department. He was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in the Fall of 2004 and is also a member of both the Norwich University and Boston College Athletics Hall of Fame. 

Last year, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute topped the Cadets in the men's championship while Trinity (Conn.) College took home the women's tournament crown after besting Norwich in their championship matchup. The Norwich men will be in search of its eighth championship title at the Classic while the women's squad will search for its sixth championship and first since 2014.