The Hotchkiss boys’ basketball program has a very long and rich tradition of competing at a high level and of preparing our student-athletes for competition at all collegiate levels. Hotchkiss competes in the Founders League, the Tri-State League, as well as the Class A Level of NEPSAC. Our program prides itself with combining high academic standards and highly competitive athletics. The coaching staff also takes great pride in helping each member of the program develop into the best student-athlete and teammate they can be.
-- Yassine Talhaoui, Head Coach, Boys Varsity Basketball
The team has made the New England Class A tournament in three of the past five years, finishing as runner up in 2012-13. The team also won five consecutive Tri-State League titles from 2008-2012, and won the Founders League in 2008.
The varsity team practices and plays in Fowle Gym, a classic high school, wooden-floored court, where students, families, and fans overflow the stands, crowd the sidelines, and make so much noise that it can be difficult for anyone to hear. The Forrest E. Mars Jr. Athletic Center also boasts a fully staffed training room, a fitness center, and numerous locker rooms and team rooms.
Head Coach Yassine Talhaoui Phone: 860-435-3102 Send email
Coach Talhaoui joined the Hotchkiss faculty in 2016 as the Director of Multicultural Recruitment and Associate Director of Admissions. Born and raised in Germany, he played basketball semi-professionally in both Germany and Spain, while also coaching high level youth club teams in both countries. Coach Talhaoui joined the Hotchkiss basketball program as an Assistant in 2016 and was named Head Coach in 2017. Prior to Hotchkiss, Coach Talhaoui was the Director of Equity and Social Justice and Foreign Language Teacher at the Watkinson School in Hartford, CT. At Watkinson, he was also the Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach where he led his team to 7 New England Tournament appearances, 2 NEPSAC Championships, 7 HVAL titles, 3 CISAC titles and an overall record of 159-38 (0.807 win percentage) in 8 seasons.
Assistant Coach Steve McKibben Phone: 860-435-3631 Send email