Where Are They Now? Highlights of Fishers Island School Alumni
The Fishers Island Hoch Men: Keeping Their Game Alive!
By Karen Loiselle Goodwin, Fishers Island School Superintendent/Principal
May 29, 2015
Folks who think that there aren’t opportunities for athletic competition after high school haven’t met Zack and Tim Hoch. These two young men, graduates of Fishers Island School and the sons of Dave Hoch (Fishers Island) and Elizabeth Hoch (Hope Valley, RI), continue to tear it up in a big way on the basketball court.
Although Zack stays active physically, he longed for the comradery and competition he had as a member of his high school and college basketball teams. He contacted friends he had played with in elementary and middle school and they accepted the challenge of joining the Coventry All Stars, a new team in the Rhode Island Teamworks Warwick, Adult Men, Division A. The team is comprised of young men who first began playing together in 2002 for the 11yr. old Coventry All-Star team. They competed in tournaments in Rhode Island against other towns and cities winning several tournaments over a span of five years. Through high school and college most of the guys went their separate ways, but enthusiastically reunited this past fall and discovered that their team chemistry was still there! In their first season they won the B Division Championship and finished with an 11-1 record. This winter they stepped up and won a heated Championship game in the A Division, finishing with a 9-2 record and going 3-0 in the playoffs.
When I asked Zack if I could publish his team’s accomplishment in the Fog Horn, this modest and talented athlete agreed, “Particularly if the story helps others learn that they can continue to compete in sports long after their high school career has ended.”
Pictured: Trevor DiMicco 8.0 ppg Played at Springfield College, Kurt Dutcher 8.9 ppg Played at Elmira College, Zack Hoch 19.6 ppg Played at Mitchell College, Brandon DiPaola 5.9 ppg Played at Elmira College, Timmy Hoch 11.7 ppg Plays at SUNY Maritime, Ben Drapcho 7.9 ppg, Adam Cloutier (not in photo) 9.6 ppg
Tim Hoch earned a spot on the SUNY Maritime Basketball team as a walk-on in his first year at his new college. At a recent awards ceremony for his college’s entire athletic program, Tim was thrilled to hear his name announced as the winner of both the HUSTLE and Coach’s Award. Tim’s coach called him the “hardest working player on the team”. Tim’s reflection on earning this recognition demonstrates exactly why he earned it: “It’s a real honor to receive recognition for hustle. I’ve always thought hustle is superior to skill. Often times I play with players better than me but can compete with them by outworking/hustling. Hustle is synonymous with heart. You can’t teach or coach it.”
In appreciation of their academic and athletic experiences at Fishers Island School, Zack and Tim are both giving back to our current student athletes. Zack served as our head cross country coach in the fall and the boys’ assistant basketball coach this winter. Tim, now home for his summer job, is running basketball clinics twice a week for our upper elementary/middle and high school students.
Our students benefit in immeasurable ways through their interactions with these outstanding role models and lifelong athletes!