Aaron Toomey Named New Hartford Men’s Basketball Coach


Matthew Tomer, Sports Editor

Aaron Toomey has been selected as the new head coach of the University of Hartford’s men’s basketball team. Following the resignation of longtime Hawks head coach John Gallagher, the head coaching spot became vacant. It was assistant coach Tom Devitt who served as the interim coach for the remainder of the 2022–2023 season. Now, with the season over and the coaching spot vacant again, there is a new leader for the Hawks.

Toomey comes into the head coaching position with an impressive résumé as both a player and a coach. As a player, Toomey was the all-time leading scorer throughout his time at Amherst College, with a total of 2,033 points. He was also named the 2013 AP National Player of the Year and the 2014 D3hoops.com Player of the Year. He sits at the top of the Amherst record book for free throws and three-pointers made. Following his time at Amherst, Toomey played one season at the professional level for CB Getafe in Spain. As a student, Toomey received a bachelor’s degree in English from Amherst College and a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Not only did Toomey shine as a player, but he also shined as a leader. Out of college, Toomey served as an assistant coach at Amherst from 2015–2019 under coach David Hixon. He also served as the interim head coach at Amherst during the 2019–2020 season, where he was selected to the Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team. Following his time at Amherst, he served as an assistant coach at Vassar College in 2020–2021, before spending the past two years as an assistant coach at the University of Rochester. At the University of Rochester, Toomey helped lead the Yellowjackets to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.

Speaking on his new head coaching job, Toomey stated that “I have had amazing experiences in Division III as a student-athlete and as a coach, and I look forward to providing a similar experience for our players here at Hartford.”