Cambridge basketball coach Bochette to step down

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — After leading the Cambridge girls basketball team to a Class C Final Four appearance this season, coach Tony Bochette will step down from the position.

Bochette, 38, has coached the girls basketball team for four seasons, but has been a coach in the Cambridge school district at different levels for the past 17 years.

"We've talked about it for a little bit at the end of the 2016-17 season that this year would be the time to go out with these seniors," Bochette said. "It's been a thought-out process, not a knee-jerk reaction. It wasn't planned all along but maybe about a year and a half."

The 2017-18 campaign was one of the best for the girls basketball team in Cambridge history, matching only the 1992 and 1999 teams. The Indians were 25-2 and reached the state semifinal, where they lost to eventual champion Millbrook.

Despite the success, Bochette, who is also a social studies teacher in the high school, said he was still planning to step away. But he admitted that he thought about staying a couple of times as the team's run progressed.

"When it's time, it's time," Bochette said. "I didn't expect to reach the state Final Four."

Cambridge had five seniors on the team this year in Helen Mooney, Grace Snyder, Victoria Dupuis, Hailey Herrington and Bridey Nolan.

"It's a family and they're a part of the family," Bochette said. "My kids look up to them and it's fun to interact with students in a different way then just in the classroom."

Bochette is also an assistant coach for the Cambridge football team and is an assistant with his wife, Blake, for the Hoosic Valley softball team. He was also the athletic director for Cambridge for two years and has coached soccer and volleyball.

"Between football, basketball and softball, I've coached [nearly 50] sports seasons," Bochette said. "That doesn't include the summer leagues and AAU. It's a long time and a lot of sports. People don't realize the time and effort that coaches put in. I enjoy it, but it's time to go."

Junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach Bob Phillips would likely be the new coach, pending approvals.

"Bob and [his wife] Edith have had a lot to do with the growth of [Cambridge basketball]," Bochette said.

Bochette said part of the decision was made so he can spend more time with his family. He and his wife have two children, 10-year-old Lainey and 5-year-old Callie.

"Callie started soccer and T-Ball this year and Lainey is playing basketball in the CYO," Bochette said. "It's time to have fun with them."

Bochette said he planned on remaining with the football team.

"I've been lucky enough to be a part of many great teams and programs," Bochette said. "You have to have the horses to win the race and we've had some great thoroughbreds that know how to win. I've been a part of two championship football teams, and state semifinalists in basketball and softball and it's a testament to all those programs."

In his four seasons with the varsity girls basketball team, Bochette went 55-37.

"We put out a quality product, more than just wins and losses," Bochette said. "If I've helped create young women that are successful in life, there's nothing else I could hope for."


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