Alan and Carol Koch create scholarship endowments for men's & women's hoops

Alan Koch '71

March 29, 2012

Alan Koch '71, and his wife Carol, have pledged a $250,000 donation towards the endowment of one scholarship each for both the Stony Brook men's & women's basketball teams. The scholarships, which become Stony Brook's 14th and 15th endowed scholarships, will be named the Alan Koch Family Basketball Scholarship Endowment.

Endowments provide a permanent source of income which is used to fund and support the mission of Stony Brook University Department of Athletics. Donors who provide a gift to fund an endowment become permanently linked with the Stony Brook Intercollegiate Athletic program and help support multiple generations of student-athletes.

"We are grateful for Alan and Carol's incredible generosity, leadership and support of Stony Brook University Basketball," Stony Brook Director of Athletics Jim Fiore said. "This gift will have a profound impact on our men's & women's basketball programs for generations to come. Alan is a great example of an alumnus who is engaged with his alma mater and is passionate about its future success. On behalf of our University, I thank Alan and Carol for their generous support and hope that this gift will serve as a catalyst for many more former student-athletes and friends to continue to come back and give back to our incredible University and athletics program."

"I can't thank Alan and Carol enough for their support of our men's basketball program," head men's basketball coach Steve Pikiell said. "Their generosity will help us continue to make unprecedented progress as a basketball program. Also, it is rewarding for me as a head coach when former student-athletes are engaged with their alma mater and with the program. We want our student-athletes to be engaged with the university during their time here and long after they have graduated because they aren't just Seawolves while they are here, they are Seawolves for life."

"I truly would like to thank Alan and Carol for their generosity and support of the women's basketball program," head women's basketball coach Beth O'Boyle said. "It has been so wonderful getting to know Alan this past year. He clearly defines the term 'engaged alumnus.' This incredibly generous gift will have such a positive impact on our student-athletes and our program's future success."

Alan was a three-year letterwinner for the Stony Brook men's basketball team from 1968-71, playing one season for head coach Herb Brown and two seasons for legendary head coach Rollie Massimino. He was a part of back-to-back Knickerbocker Conference titles and helped lead the Patriots (Stony Brook's former nickname) to the 1970 NCAA Small College Tournament. In Alan's three seasons on the team, Stony Brook was 49-25 (.662). Alan graduated from Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education.

"Endowing a scholarship for Stony Brook University men's & women's basketball student-athletes was an opportunity to give back to my alma mater and impact the lives of future Seawolves," Alan said. "I remember my time as a student-athlete at Stony Brook very fondly, and I learned numerous life lessons from those experiences. I understood the value of how important preparation was and how to work together in a team environment to achieve common goals. I believe competitive activities help prepare you for future success, and I hope that this gift will help Stony Brook student-athletes achieve that success in the same way I have."

After graduating from Stony Brook, Alan started coaching high school basketball at Harborfields high school in Greenlawn, N.Y. He then earned his MBA at Adelphi University and secured a position with Citibank in the credit card division. After spending 10 years with Citibank in various assignments around the country, he joined Bank of America in San Francisco, spending 20 years with the bank in various management positions before retiring in 2003 as a Senior Vice President.

After settling into retirement, Alan got back into coaching at his daughter's middle school. He is currently the assistant varsity girls coach at St. Mary's College High School in Berkeley, Calif., where he has helped the team to four straight Northern California Division 4 Championship appearances. The program has won two of those four championships and was state championship runner-up in both years.

Alan and his wife, Carol, reside in Oakland. Their daughter, Katie, just completed her studies at the San Francisco School of Digital Film.