Adam Stockwell is in his second season as the head men's basketball coach at Hamilton College. Stockwell guided the Continentals to a 15-10 overall record, including four NESCAC wins, in 2011-12. He coached one player to NESCAC all-conference team and D3hoops.com all-region team honors, and another student-athlete made the NESCAC winter all-academic team.
Stockwell is the ninth head coach in Hamilton men's basketball history. He guided SUNY Oswego and Clarkson University to one NCAA Division III championship appearance apiece in seven seasons as head coach at those schools.
Stockwell went 37-18 in two seasons at Oswego, including a 24-5 record in 2010-11. The Lakers captured the SUNYAC regular season title at 17-1, and the 17 wins set a program record for conference victories. Oswego went on to make the NCAA tournament, and advanced to the second round with a win against Wells College.
Stockwell was named the 2011 East District Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Upstate Coach of the Year by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York and SUNYAC Coach of the Year. One of his players was named a first team All-American and the SUNYAC player of the year.
From 2004 to 2009, Stockwell was the head coach at Clarkson. He guided the Golden Knights to three straight postseason appearances for the first time in program history from 2007 to 2009. During that time, the team won 40 games.
Stockwell's 2007-08 team finished 7-7 in the Liberty League and entered the league's postseason tournament as the fourth and final seed. Clarkson upset the top two seeds to win its first league championship and earn the first NCAA tournament bid in team history. Stockwell and his assistants were named the league's coaching staff of the year.
The Golden Knights were 15-11 and made the league championship semifinals again the following season. The 2006-07 squad ended up 14-12 and played in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate Region championship.
Stockwell was an assistant coach at Canisius College from 1999 to 2004. He helped that program post a record of 20-11 in 2000-01, and that 20-win season was one of six in team history.
Stockwell coached at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse for one season (1997-98). He began his collegiate coaching career at Penn State-Behrend in 1998-99, when he helped the Lions to a 21-7 record and the ECAC South championship.
Stockwell played college basketball at Division II Le Moyne College from 1992 to 1996. As a senior, he was a captain for a team that tied the record for best season in program history at 24-6, won the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) tournament and played in the NCAA tournament. Stockwell averaged 21.1 points per game that season. He made the Northeast Region all-region team, the NECC all-conference first team and the academic all-district team. Stockwell was inducted into the Le Moyne College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
After Le Moyne, Stockwell played professional basketball in Northern Ireland's St. Gall's Basketball Association in 1996-97. He also coached an under-19 boys' team in tournaments across the country.
Stockwell and his father, James, are the only father and son in the history of New York high school basketball to score 2,000 or more career points. The younger Stockwell played for Belleville-Henderson High School and grew up in Ellisburg. James played at Union Academy of Belleville for former Hamilton head coach Tom Murphy when that team set a national record with 83 straight wins.
Stockwell graduated with a degree in economics and earned his master's in business administration from Canisius in 2002. He and his wife Emily have a daughter, Katherine (8), and a son, Jameson (5).
Jeff VanGorder is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Hamilton College men's basketball team. VanGorder held a number of basketball coaching jobs in the Cortland area in recent years.
VanGorder served as head coach of the Cortland Basketball Club AAU team from 2007 to 2011, and has been the head coach of the Cortland Basketball Club youth team since 2006. During 2010-11, he was an assistant coach for the Cortland High School freshman boys' team. VanGorder has coached at several elite camps for boys, including the Hoop Group's Pocono Skills Camp.
VanGorder graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2010 with a degree in sports management. He was responsible for athletic event game management and statistics while he was a student at Cortland.