Scott Honecker
Scott Honecker
Title: Head Coach of Wrestling
Phone: 413-597-3573
Email: sdh1@williams.edu
Year Won Lost NCAA
Regional
NCAA
Championships
All-Americans
2012-13 12 11 5th 24 2
2013-14 11 8 5th 13th 2
2014-15 18 2 *3rd *10th 2
2015-16 13 5 5th 27th   1
2016-17 7 10 11th   2
Totals 61 36 *Program best finish *Ties program best
finish
9


>> 2012-13 Scott Honecker named NCAA Division III Rookie Coach of the Year


>> 2013-14 Jorge Lopez Named NEWA Wretler of the Year and Chris Chorzepa Named NEWA Rookie of the Year


>> Two All-Americans each of his first three years as head coach of the Ephs

Scott Honecker’s five seasons at the helm of the Williams wrestling program rank as some of the most successful in the 93-year history of the sport at the college.  Honecker is the leader in NCAA Qualifiers, All-Americans, and Scholar All-Americans at Williams, and now with 61 dual meet victories he sits in 2nd all time for wins at Williams.  Coach Honecker has built a power in Williamstown, with his Ephs annually in the fight for high team and individual placements at the NCAA Regional and National Tournaments.

Highlighting the Ephs’ 2016-2017 season was another pair of grapplers becoming All-Americans with Chris Chorzepa (184) and Brendon Seyfried (141) both reaching the medal stand.  On the way to becoming the 5th Eph to earn All-America honors three times,  Chorzepa also notched his 140th win, giving him ownership of the all-time mark for Eph grapplers.  Seyfried capped a sophomore campaign, where he reached the national tournament for the second time with a 7th place finish in LaCrosse, Wisc.  2017 marked the 4th time Honecker has mentored two All-Americans at the same NCAA Championships, a feat matched only one other time in Eph wrestling history.

The 2015-16 team was as strong as ever, with dual-season highlights including 3rd place finishes at the Budd Whitehill National Duals and the New England Dual Championships.  The post-season run placed seven wrestlers on the podium at the NCAA Northeast Regional.  The quartet of national qualifiers once again matched the all-time record for participants in the NCAA Tournament, with Brendon Seyfried (141), Jorge Lopez (157), Tim Garripoli (165), and Christopher Chorzepa (184) each earning automatic bids.  Senior Jorge Lopez became the first 4-time All-American to wear the Williams singlet.

Honecker's third season at the helm of the Williams wrestling program will go down as one of the most successful in the 90-year history of the program. The team turned in an outstanding 18-2 dual meet record which included an appearance in the finals of the prestigious Budd Whitehill National Duals. While the Ephs were nationally ranked for the duration of the season, Honecker's squad experienced unprecedented post-season success.

Williams was 3rd of 18 at the NCAA Northeast Regional, placing five wrestlers and qualifying Jake Savoca (141), Tim Garripoli (149), Jorge Lopez (157), and Chris Chorzepa (184) for the NCAA Championships. At the NCAA's, Honecker's grapplers matched the best national placement ever for the Ephs with a 10th place finish.

Jorge Lopez became the fourth 3-time All-American in program history with his 3rd place finish and Chris Chorzepa garnered his second All-American honor by virtue of his 4th place finish at 184 pounds.

After a year serving as interim head coach of wrestling, Scott Honecker was elevated to head coach of wrestling at Williams College for the 2012-13 season. In this role, Honecker led two of his wrestlers to third place finishes in their respective weight classes at the NCAA Championships, collecting All-American honors, and leading the Ephs to a 13th place finish nationally. 

Honecker who served as an assistant at Williams in 2011-12, served interim head coach this past season and led the Ephs to a 12-11 record and a 5th-place ranking in New England. He coached three Eph wrestler to the Div. III national championship meet, where two were named All-America, the Ephs placed 24th and Honecker was named NCAA Div. III Rookie Coach of the Year.

"I would like to thank (athletic director) Lisa Melendy for the opportunity to continue to lead this group of outstanding young men," Honecker said. "I am excited to grow and strengthen the relationships formed here during my time as interim head coach. The mission of creating great citizens while developing champions on the mat has not changed, and the coaching staff as well as the student-athletes are dedicated towards that goal."

After wrestling at Ithaca College, Honecker accepted an assistant coaching position at J.H. Rose High School in 2005 while he completed his degree at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. In 2006, Honecker was elevated to Head Wrestling Coach where his program experienced unprecedented success.  Throughout the course of his in career in Greenville, Honecker's teams achieved over 100 dual meet victories in 5 seasons.

In 2007, Honecker founded the Greenville Wrestling Club, which grew to become one of the largest clubs in the Southeast and competed on a national level. Five consecutive years (2007-11), the Greenville Wrestling Club won the North Carolina state championship.

Along with coaching the Greenville Wrestling Club, Honecker was selected as a Head Coach for the North Carolina USA Wrestling Team.

USA Wrestling named Honecker the 2009 North Carolina State Coach of the Year.

In 2010, Honecker was honored as the USA Wrestling Southeast Junior Developmental Coach of the Year.  The Southeast Region of USA Wrestling covers nine states.

During his six years in North Carolina Honecker was a member of the Cadet/Junior National Coaching Staff and served as an Executive Board Member for North Carolina USA Wrestling.

"After a national search and a strong applicant pool was sorted through and interviewed, it was clear that Scott was the best fit for the job," Melendy said. "Scott brings with him a strong and varied background in wrestling and teaching that has served him well at his time at Williams. He is well connected at all levels of wrestling, club, high school, and college. What impressed the committee the most was his evident passion for the sport of wrestling and for his wrestlers."

After serving as Vice-President of the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) from 2014-2016, Honecker is currently serving a two-year team as President of the NEWA. Honecker is also a member of the NCAA DIII Wrestling Committee.  Previously Honecker served as the Hall of Fame Coordinator for the NEWA.

In 2016 Honecker earned his Master of Education degree from the Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts.

Honecker and his wife Kareen, daughter Samantha, and son Calvin reside in Williamstown.