John W. Alofs (Jack), 70, of New Hartford, passed away on May 14th.
As the head coach of the HCCC Men's basketball program, he achieved a 20 year record of 391-155 (72% winning percentage) coaching men's basketball at HCCC. He coached his team to a 4th place finish in the National Jr. College Division I Basketball Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Jack led his team to a Division III Jr. College National Basketball Championship, a Region III Jr. College Championship Tournament four times and the Region III Final Four Tournament seven consecutive years.
Alofs had over 500 wins in his 32 years of coaching high school and college basketball and coached nine Jr. College All Americans. Jack was twice chosen as NY State Jr. College Coach of the Year and Region III Jr. College Basketball Coach of the year.
After retiring Alofs was inducted into the Greater Utica, NY Sports Hall of Fame and became a published author of a well received book entitled "Jack Plus 5- Secrets, Strategies, Experiences and Fundamental in Coaching Winning Basketball."
Alofs also loved baseball and was a semi-pro baseball player. He received a full baseball scholarship to St. Lawrence University. Jack coached baseball for over 17 years (11 years as head baseball coach at HCCC) and was a member of the umpire baseball association for 25 years, as well as a baseball umpire for 15 years.
A Celebration Of Life mass will be held at St. Anthony's Church on 422 Tilden Avenue in Utica, NY on
Saturday June 16th at 10am. In lieu of flowers a basketball scholarship has been established in Jack's
name at his beloved prep school Westtown. Contributions may be made out to- "Jack Alofs
Basketball Scholarship" Westtown School POB 1799 Westtown, PA 19395.