Tony Mane, Jr. (TM ’06) to Succeed John Hoch as Boys Basketball Coach

March 25, 2022: St. Thomas More High School is pleased to announce that Tony Mane, Jr. (TM ’06) will succeed John Hoch (TM ’87) as head coach of the school’s varsity boys’ basketball team.

A star player himself for the Cavaliers in the mid-2000s, Mane spent the past eight seasons on Hoch’s coaching staff. Hoch, who replaced Pat Ross as St. Thomas More’s head coach in 2012, is retiring from coaching to focus on his new role as the school’s president.

Mane becomes just the sixth boys’ basketball head coach at Thomas More since the school was established in 1972 with the merger of Don Bosco and Pio Nono High Schools.

“St. Thomas More has a legacy of outstanding coaches, and I’m honored to become part of that tradition,” said Mane, who served as Hoch’s associate head coach for the 2021-22 season. “Coach Hoch has set the bar very high, but our goal is to get back to State and return with the gold ball.”

Mane takes over a Cavalier squad that reached the 2022 WIAA State Tournament, the program’s first appearance since the WIAA-WISAA merger in 2000. Predicted to finish in the bottom half of their conference, the young team won the Metro Classic Conference for the first time since 2002.

“This team is filled with young, talented players, and Coach Hoch has implemented a culture that emphasizes getting better through hard work, both in practice and in games,” Mane continued. “He instilled our student-athletes with a strong work ethic, and that mentality will be a great benefit to us next season and beyond.”

Three underclassmen played important roles during the Cavaliers’ run to the 2022 State Tournament. Sophomore forward Amari McCottry, the 2022 Metro Classic Conference Player of the Year and a First-Team All-State selection, led St. Thomas More in scoring with 23.7 points per game. McCottry averaged 30 points per game as the Cavaliers won three games in three days to earn the school’s first Sectional Championship as a WIAA member. Forward Sekou Konneh and point guard Evan Oleson, both sophomores, were also pivotal to the team’s success.

“The future is bright for our boys, and Coach Mane’s leadership will help our players and our team reach the next level,” Hoch said. “Coach Mane has already established strong relationships with our student-athletes, and he understands their strengths and the areas where they can improve. With the mutual trust and understanding that exists between the coaching staff and players, the 2022-23 Cavaliers will be a force to be reckoned with.”

 

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