Former Bulldog player and UMD graduate Matt Hockett joins head coach Matt Bowen's bench as his lead assistant in the 2015-16 season.
"After reviewing a very strong pool of national candidates, it became clear Matt Hockett is the person that would be the ideal assistant basketball coach for UMD," said Coach Bowen. " Matt is someone I met early upon my arrival to UMD in 2012. In observing Matt coach, it was evident he has great energy and enthusiasm for young people and the game of basketball."
Hockett comes to Duluth with a wealth of coaching experience at a variety of levels, spending the last six seasons as the head varsity boys basketball coach at Stoughton High School in Wisconsin. The Vikings won four-straight Badger Conference championships and earning the school's first trip to the state tournament since 1939 in 2013. He also served as a physical education teacher, most recently at Stoughton H.S.
"When I initially resigned from my high school coaching position, I sat down with my family [and decided] the only way I'd be able to get back into coaching would be the perfect position," said Hockett. When the UMD position opened, his wife, Ann Hockett, "said it doesn't get more perfect than that."
Hockett spent five years on the Bulldogs, serving as the team captain during his senior season. Also that year, he earned the 2006-07 North Central Conference Honor Athlete Award as well as UMD's E.L. "Duce" Rasmussen Scholar Athlete Award. He was twice voted the team's most improved player and spent five years as a member of the Bulldogs Student Athlete Advisory Committee. In 2005, he was UMD's representative at the NCAA Leadership Academy in Boston, Massachusettes.
Following his Bulldog playing career, Hockett participated in a two-month professional mission trip for Athletes in Action, spending time in Beijing, China. "Everything I've done since graduating from UMD has been a byproduct of what I learned there," said Hockett. "I'm very excited to come back to a place I call home. Coach Bowen's team has improved every year since he's been there, and I hope to contribute in a small way as we build on the great tradition of UMD men's basketball."
Hockett earned a bachelor of applied science from UMD, majoring in physical and health education. Along the way, he has coached boys and girls tennis, football, and strength & conditioning in addition to basketball. Matt and Ann have one son, Braxton, born earlier this year.
"Matt's passion for the Bulldogs is unrivaled," added Bowen. "I am confident his passion for UMD and our basketball program will enhance our current path to be champions in the classroom, in competition and in the community."
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Rick Bowen joined the UMD staff in 2012 after serving as the head men’s basketball coach at University of Wisconsin-River Falls from 1986-2005.
He served the dual role of athletic director and basketball coach from 1995 until 2005 and assumed the full-time position as AD at the end of his coaching career until his retirement from Wisconsin-River Falls on June 21, 2010.
Bowen came to UWRF in 1986 following five years as a Wisconsin Badger assistant coach where he served on the staff with current Badger Coach Bo Ryan. He previously was an assistant coach at Ball State University, working under Coach Steve Yoder at both institutions. Bowen currently is seventh all-time in the WIAC win column. His 259 victories at River Falls put him first all-time in Falcon victories.
The 2003-04 season ended 54 years of Falcon basketball frustration when the Falcons hit the 20-win mark for the first time since the 1950 season and brought a WIAC championship home to the campus and the city of River Falls. He earned the WIAC basketball Coach of the Year award and his peers also selected him as the NABC West Region Coach of the Year. In 2006-07 the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) awarded Bowen with the National Service Award for his contributions to Division III basketball. He is currently the NABC’s national chair of the Division III All-American Committee. For his extensive service and dedication to basketball in the state of Wisconsin, Bowen was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Hall of Fame by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association in October 2009.
Bowen graduated from Indiana University in 1966. He served the Hoosiers as a student-manager under two-time National Champion Coach Branch McCracken.
Bowen earned a Masters degree from St. Francis in 1971 and served in the United States Army as a combat medic from 1967-69 with service in Vietnam from December of 1967 to December of 1968. For his actions in Vietnam he was awarded a Bronze Star.
Rick and his wife Sandy met as students while at Indiana University. They have been married for 45 years and have two sons, Matt and Mike. Sandy is retired after teaching cell biology and botany at River Falls High School.
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