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Izzy Metz Named Men's Assistant
At Hobart College--(Aug. 29, 2000)

We've got some mixed emotions about this one. . . Our friend and one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet, Izzy Metz, an assistant at Bishop Montgomery High School the past two years and a coach of the LA Rockfish has left town to take a job with Hobart College in Geneva, New York. . . . mixed emotions because it's our loss (and a loss for the Rockfish), but it's Geneva's gain, and Izzy will finally get the chance to start moving up in the ranks of the college coaching world with a stint at his own alma mater, a Division III school in upstate New York.  Congratulations to Izzy and to Hobart.  Here's the official press release issued by the college today, August 29, 2000:

Statesmen hire assistant coach

GENEVA, N.Y. --Hobart College Head Basketball Coach Rich Roche has announced the appointment of Izzi Metz, a native of Los Angeles, Calif., as the Statesmen's assistant basketball coach for the 2000-01 season. He replaces Chris Zupko, who left the team after just one season.

Metz enters his first season with Hobart after teaching seventh and eighth grade English at Carnegie Middle School in Carson, Calif., last year. He also served as the assistant coach for the Bishop Montgomery High School basketball team in Torrance, Calif.

Metz graduated from Hobart College in 1998, with a bachelor's degree in economics. He was a member of the Statesmen basketball team for the 1994-95 season. Metz was also a color commentator for WEOS radio from 1996-98, broadcasting basketball games for both Hobart and William Smith.

Metz helped guide Bishop Montgomery to the CIF Division 3 State and Southern Section Championships last season. He also coached the Los Angeles Rockfish, a high school all-star team, as well as working at several summer camps, including UCLA's.

Hobart finished the 1999-00 season 11-14. The Statesmen return 14 lettermen, including UCAA Rookie of the Year Joe Corbett (10.6 ppg, 10.4 rpg), and will open the season with an exhibition game against Niagara College on Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.

For more information on Hobart & Smith Colleges, you can check out their website

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