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Multiple local coaches, players receive annual BCANY honors

Four local high school and college coaches, and one local player received annual honors from the BCANY.

Posted: May 28, 2019 11:09 PM

The Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) announced its annual awards for the 2018-19 season, Monday night, with many local products being honored.

Four local coaches have been honored with the Coach of the Year award, while one local player was named to the Best of the BCANY for this past season.

On the men's/boys side at the Division I college level, Colgate University head coach, Matt Langel was named as the Coach of the Year. Langel lead the Raiders to its most successful season in over 20 years, finishing at 24-11, winning the Patriot League title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996.

For the Junior College (JUCO) level, Herkimer College's Matt Lee won Coach of the Year honors. Lee lead the Generals to a 31-1 record, where they finished the year on a 28-game winning streak and won the program's first NJCAA Division III title since 1991.

At the high school level, Cooperstown High School's John Lambert was named the Class C Coach of the Year. Lambert's Hawkeyes went 25-2, winning the Class C state title for the first time in program history. This was Lambert's first season as the head coach, replacing David Bertram.

Lambert's son, Jack, was named to the Best of BCANY for Class C players. A senior, Lambert lead the way for the Hawkeyes in their state championship run as he averaged 24 points per game, and was named the New York State Class C Tournament MVP.

On the women's/girls side, Katie Marcella of Hartwick College was named the Division III college Coach of the Year. Marcella's Hawks finished the season at 23-5 overall, winning the Empire 8 championship and making it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014.

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