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Allen, DeRocher named head coaches for ACC basketball teams

Cindy DeRocher

ALPENA — Both Alpena Community College basketball teams will have new head coaches next season.

The school announced on Thursday that Bobby Allen and Cindy DeRocher have been named head coaches for the ACC men’s and women’s basketball program’s respectively.

The moves come after Mark Jacobs resigned as men’s basketball coach last month.

Allen, the longtime ACC women’s basketball coach has been an assistant for the men’s program for nearly 30 years and has coached the women’s team for the past 16 years. Allen starred at ACC from 1988-90 and began as an assistant under former coach Frank McCourt.

Allen is one of two ACC men’s players to have his jersey retired and ranks 13th on ACC’s all-time scoring list.

Bobby Allen

“Alpena gave me a chance to pursue my education and play basketball, and I would like to give it back by helping other men that would like to get a good education and play basketball,” Allen said in a press release. “I hope that I can be half the coach that Frank McCourt and Mark Jacobs were.”

DeRocher is currently the athletic director at ACC as well as the director of student life activities and campus housing. She also has served as an assistant coach under Allen for several seasons and steps back into a head coaching role after a Hall of Fame career at Trine (formerly Tri-State) University.

DeRocher played at ACC from 1980-82 under McCourt and coached Trine for 12 seasons. While there, she won 238 games, was named NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1997, inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2003 and led her team’s to four NAIA finals appearances in nine years.

“As an ACC graduate, my time here as a student-athlete exposed me to new opportunities. I came here as an athlete, but I left with so much more,” DeRocher said. “Having the opportunity to work with each athlete and the positive energy they bring is so rewarding. The community college level is passion meets fear and the challenge to build a team is motivating. There is never a dull moment, and by the end of each practice and game we all know more about ourselves and each other.”

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