Vermont native, former Norwich assistant Jon Rock joins coaching staff

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's basketball head coach Michael Harding has announced the hiring of Jon Rock as the Purple Knights' second assistant coach. A native of South Burlington, Rock was an assistant coach for the past four seasons at Norwich University in Northfield.

"I am honored and humbled to become part of the Saint Michael's men's basketball program and the College community as a whole," said Rock. "Since growing up watching Saint Michael's basketball and its many great players, it has been a dream to be part of this team. I want to thank Coach Harding for giving me this tremendous opportunity. This is a great time to be part of Saint Michael's men's basketball."

As the lone full-time assistant on Norwich's staff, Rock was heavily involved with all aspects of the Division III program, including being charged with scouting as well as coordinating the team's East Coast recruiting efforts. Rock helped guide the Cadets to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament each of his four seasons, including advancing to the semifinals last winter. Norwich went 16-11 overall and 11-7 in the league in 2010-11, its first above-.500 showings since 2006-07. The squad also garnered its first postseason win since 2005-06.

"With Jon, we add an experienced and intelligent young coach to our staff," said Harding, who enters his second season as the Saint Michael's head coach. "Our program should really benefit from Jon's intelligence on the bench and experience on the recruiting trail."

Rock was a counselor at the Five Star Basketball Camp between 2008 and 2010 after serving as a varsity boys' assistant coach at Rice Memorial High School, his alma mater, during the 2006-07 season, leading the team to the Division I state title. Rock was previously the junior varsity boys' head coach for two seasons at Rice.

A four-year member of the Norwich men's basketball team, Rock was a captain during his junior and senior seasons. As a senior in 2000-01, he led the Cadets in scoring (13.0), assists per game (5.2) and free throw shooting (84.9%). Rock completed his degree in communications in 2009.