A legendary coaching fixture will be no more in 2019.
After just one season as the head coach of the Corning basketball program, Bill Hopkins will retire as a member of the Hawks. Hopkins confirmed his retirement in a phone conversation with 18 Sports on Tuesday night, putting an end to one of the most storied careers in Twin Tiers sports history.
Corning was just (4-13) this season and Hopkins says time and energy to build another program was too taxing. Hopkins, who turns 67 in March, is excited to spend more time with family and do some traveling in the offseason.
A mainstay on the local basketball scene since the 1970’s, Hopkins was let go in early July at Elmira Notre Dame after 10 years as their head coach. In what was described as a changing of the guard and administration differences, Hopkins landed at Corning to start the basketball season.
Hopkins has coached, in all, 45 years in the Twin Tiers at various programs throughout the region. Previous stints at Corning included a varsity run from 1999 to 2007 at Corning East, as well as an interim head coaching position at West in 1980. Coach Hopkins also coached the Edison Spartans from 1983 to 1990.
Hopkins has racked up a total of 329 career wins as a varsity coach, plus, over 600 associated wins at various levels in the sport. 18 Sports wishes coach Hopkins the very best in his retirement, one of the greatest of all-time in the Twin Tiers.