Kobasa Inducted Into BlueGold Hall of Fame
DOVER, Del. - Wesley College head men's basketball coach Jerry Kobasa was inducted into the Blue Gold Basketball Hall of Fame at the 2013 Blue Gold All-Star Basketball Banquet, presented by Best Buddies at the Dover Downs Hotel & Conference Center on Thursday night.
The banquet serves as a prelude to the Delaware High School All-Star Basketball Games which will be held on March 16, at the Bob Carpenter Center, on the campus of the University of Delaware. Sixty of the state's top senior boys and girls basketball players will showcase their skills at the annual event.
Kobasa is a respected fixture in the Delaware basketball community, having served as a coach at both the high school and college levels for 30 years, 24 of them as a head coach. He has accumulated more than 370 victories while winning 63 percent of his games.
In his eight seasons as head coach at Wesley College, Kobasa has rebuilt the program at his alma mater. He took over a team that had just two winning seasons in 17 years prior to his arrival and has led the Wolverines to the NCAA Basketball Tournament three times in the last five seasons. Kobasa, who is the winningest coach in Wesley College men's basketball history with 128 Division III victories, was inducted into the Wesley College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
This past season, Wesley recorded its first-ever 20 win season while in Division III, which included a program-record 11-game winning streak, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Kobasa was named the Division III National Coach of the Month in January and led the Wolverines to victories over No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan, No. 9 St. Mary's, and 2011-12 National Runner-Up Cabrini.
Prior to coaching at Wesley College, Kobasa compiled a 249-130 record in 16 years as head coach at Sussex Tech and Smyrna High Schools. He was named Coach of the Year by the Delaware Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association in 1979 and 2004.
Kobasa is former chairperson of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association and member of the board of directors of the Milford Boys and Girls Club.
He is a former member of the Delaware Secondary Schools Athletic Association Board of Directors (the organization that preceded DIAA) and previously served as president of the Henlopen Conference, the Henlopen Basketball Coaches Association, and the Delaware Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association.
Kobasa also served as a member of the BlueGold Games board of directors for seven years.