By Brandy L. Simms @bls1969
Montgomery College honored a living legend on Dec. 7.
Steve Hobson, who coached men’s basketball for nearly three decades, was celebrated by those who know him best.
During his tenure at Montgomery College, Hobson took the program to new heights.
Hobson was responsible for guiding Montgomery College to 11 national tournaments and placed hundreds of players into four-year college programs including Jerome Williams who was a first-round NBA Draft selection in 1996.
Williams, a Magruder graduate, earned a full ride to Georgetown after a brief stint at Montgomery College.
During his high school days at Magruder, Williams stood only 6-foot-2 but had a seven-inch growth spurt. He was a dominant force at Montgomery College, averaging 26 points and 17 rebounds per game.
Hobson, who currently resides on an island in North Carolina, also coached Blair’s Jason Miskiri at Montgomery College. Miskiri would go on to play at George Mason University.
“I had great teams,” said Hobson, who began his coaching career at the Montgomery College-Germantown campus in 1981. “It wasn’t one guy.”
Many of Hobson’s former players and assistant coaches showed up last Friday to celebrate a man that was an instrumental part of their lives.
Rob Moxley, Quieonn Blackman Jr., Dave West, Vernon Buckle, Todd Dembroski, Darren Ball, Cory Burns, Adrian Stewart, Tony Upson, Dele Ojo, Jamaal Schools, Sylvester Brooks, Johan Matos, Jeb Barber, Randall Scott and Miskiri were among the individuals who came out to support Hobson.
Montgomery College head coach Keith Byrd, who played for Hobson in the late 1990s, was also in attendance. His team competed against the CCAC-Allegheny Cougars that night.
Dembroski, the head coach at Rockville High School, played for Hobson before he finished out his college career at Salisbury.
A Magruder graduate, Dembroski described Hobson as a “good coach and a great guy.”
“I learned a lot from that man about basketball and about life,” said Dembroski.
Hobson spent nearly four decades teaching in Montgomery County Public Schools including a stint at Magruder that coincided with Dembroski’s tenure there.
Hobson was more than a coach; he was also a father figure and a mentor to so many of his student-athletes.
“He gave me a chance,” said Dembroski, who played for Dan Harwood at Magruder. “I don’t think there’s too many college coaches that would have given a skinny 6-foot, 150-pound kid a chance at the college level but he did and I had a pretty good two years there. We made it to the national tournament my second year and I got to start and play a lot in many of those games. It was great times, a fun time in my career and I will forever be thankful to Coach Hobson. He taught me a lot about basketball.”
Hobson said his main objective during his tenure at Montgomery College was “making sure the kids graduate and move on to a four-year school is really what I’m all about. Not one particular thing. Not one particular national championship; just about making sure they got their job done here.”
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