Hobart's Mike Neer announces retirement

Democrat and Chronicle Staff report July 8, 2014

Mike Neer is calling it a career. And this time, there will be no encores for one of the great coaches in Division III basketball history.

"I'm not holding my breath for the Lakers, but they've got my number," he said.

Neer announced Tuesday he will retire after 37 years as a head coach - the first 34 at the University of Rochester and the last three at Hobart College in Geneva.

"Other interests are competing for my time and energy," he said. "I'm sure some days the decision will seem tough, and some days it will seem easy. But I've been doing this for awhile, and it takes its toll."

Neer's career mark of 629-346 is 10th on the Division III all-time win list. He led UR to 12 NCAA Tournaments, winning the 1990 championship and losing the title game in 1992 and 2005. His 2002 Yellowjackets reached the Final Four.

Neer retired from UR in April 2010 when he was 61, saying "I'm not sure I'm completely sure."

After a one-year absence, he took over at Hobart, taking the job in late August 2011.

"I arrived the same day as the incoming students, and I had a couple of cardboard boxes just like them," he said.