Coach speaks at convention

Photo by Michael Brown / The Flare. Rangers basketball coach Brian Hoberecht talks to his players during a timeout last season.
Photo by Michael Brown / The Flare. Rangers basketball coach Brian Hoberecht talks to his players during a timeout last season.

KC men’s head basketball coach Brian Hoberecht was chosen to speak at the National Association of Basketball Coaches annual convention that was held April 7 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

Hoberecht was the only junior college basketball coach to speak at this event, which was a part of the Personal Development Series of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Convention.

This event, held April 3-7, was the largest event held for basketball coaches of its kind in the United States.

This year’s convention was held in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Hoberecht spoke at the convention, which is only open to basketball coaches and specific guests of their choosing.

Hoberecht was among some of the most successful coaches that college basketball has to offer.

Included were Dave Odom former head basketball coach for East Carolina University, Wake Forest University, and the University of South Carolina; Gregg Marshall head men’s basketball coach of Wichita State University; Bob Hoffman, head men’s basketball coach at Mercer University: and former NBA coach Herb Brown who was presented with the NABC’s lifetime achievement award.

Hoberecht has coached for 19 years, and mentored more than 20 players who have gone on to play professionally; 30 All-Conference players; and 17 All-Region players. Hoberecht has had 10 student athletes from the KC men’s basketball team sign Division 1 college scholarships over the past two seasons.

More than 90 percent of all players have graduated from KC since Hoberecht began coaching at KC in 2008. Hoberecht’s teams at KC over the previous two seasons have a total record of 53-11 and a conference record of 29-9. KC has been ranked 24 straight weeks in the NJCAA national poll and has a 28-2 home record during the previous two seasons.

Last year’s team made it to the Sweet Sixteen of the National Junior College Association National Tournament and finished the season ranked 15th nationally.

Hoberecht is very humbled to be in this situation.

“It’s a very neat privilege and a honor to represent the NJCAA Region 14 basketball conference and Kilgore College in this National Coaches Convention,” Hoberecht said prior to the event.

“It doesn’t make me feel special that I’m the only JUCO coach to speak throughout the Final four among other Division one college coaches; it’s just a great honor. My family is very happy to be at KC, and I’m working hard to develop this program to be at its best. I feel comfortable here.”