Hamilton College Hires SUNY Oswego’s Stockwell to Coach Basketball

Adam Stockwell
Adam Stockwell

Adam Stockwell, most recently the head men’s basketball coach at SUNY Oswego, has been selected to fill the same position at Hamilton College.

Stockwell — the ninth head coach in Hamilton men’s basketball history — guided Oswego and Clarkson University to one NCAA Division III championship appearance apiece in seven seasons as head coach at those schools. He succeeds Tobin Anderson, who joined the Siena College men’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant with the Division I program in May.

“I feel very fortunate to join the Hamilton faculty and carry on the tradition of excellence established over the years,” Stockwell said. “I will bring great enthusiasm in assisting our students as they continue to accomplish great things in life.

“I am excited to be involved firsthand as a teacher and mentor of Hamilton student-athletes. Although I have followed the basketball program for the past 25 years, I look forward to connecting with our thriving basketball alumni across the country and developing even stronger relationships, especially as we compete full-time in the NESCAC.”

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 coach of the year in the East District 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.

“Adam joins us with successful collegiate experience as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach,” Director of Athletics Jon Hind ’80 said. “I am confident he will be a great addition to our basketball program, our department and our College. We are thrilled coach Stockwell will be joining our team.”

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 its first NCAA tournament bid in team history. Stockwell and his assistants were named the league’s coaching staff of the year in 2008.

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 is 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 in 1997-98 at Penn State-Behrend in Erie, Pa., where 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, and made the Northeast Region all-region team, the NECC all-conference first team and the academic all-district team. He 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 both score 2,000 or more points in their careers. The younger Stockwell played for Belleville-Henderson High School. 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 from Le Moyne with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1996, and earned his master’s in business administration from Canisius in 2002. He and his wife Emily have a daughter, Katherine (7), and a son, Jameson (4). Stockwell grew up in Ellisburg, N.Y.