deGrandpre Medals at 2006 ESGs

Release Date:
July 30, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HC Hoop Coach Helps Guide Western to Silver Medal

ROCHESTER, NY - Hilbert College men's basketball coach Rob deGrandpre helped the Western Open men's basketball team to a silver medal at the 2006 Empire State Games held this past week in Rochester, NY. 

Western lost to Hudson Valley 87-76 in Sunday's gold medal game and finished the week 2-2 to capture the silver medal.  For deGrandpre it is his fourth medal in seven years while on the sidelines with some of the area's most talented amateur players, many of whom compete at the NCAA Division I level.

2006 marked the 28th year in which the Games have been hosted where the real focus continues to be on the athletes. Each year, more than 30,000 men and women, young and old, tryout for the chance to be a finalist at the Games in scholastic, open or masters divisions. Through the years, many athletes have been part of the Games and moved on to national, international and Olympic competition. Games' alumni include world champions, Olympic gold medalists, college and high school All-Americans, professional athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL - as well as figure skaters, skiers, soccer players and many more.  For more information on the Empire State Games go to   

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.