West Windsor, N.J. -- In 2010-11, Mercer County Community College (MCCC) sophomore Anthony Obery '11 (A.S., Criminal Justice) and freshman Stanley Tuchez '12 (Business) practiced and played on the same basketball court. The former teammates were reunited at MCCC Dec. 15, but this time as coaches on opposing sides of the court. Tuchez is in his second year as an assistant coach for the MCCC Vikings, while Obery is in his second year as an assistant coach for the County College of Morris Titans.
Following their years at Mercer, both players went on to four-year colleges. Obery graduated from Felician College in 2014, playing two years of basketball for the Golden Falcons. In his second season, he was selected for the All-State NABC Good Works Team, which recognizes men’s basketball players for leadership and community service, for his service as a youth pastor for United Deliverance Tabernacle in Newark.
After graduating from MCCC, Tuchez transferred to Rutgers University (RU), where he served as a manager for RU’s Division I men’s basketball program, an assignment that provided lots of lessons about the game. Following his senior year, Tuchez spent the summer as an intern with the men’s basketball office at Princeton University, further prepping him for coaching at his alma mater under MCCC Head Coach Howard Levy.
Tuchez says his return to Mercer has been a perfect fit. “I gained a great deal of self -confidence at Mercer and formed strong relationships with my now colleagues. Mercer gave me a great foundation to begin building my coaching career.”
Tuchez says he finds it easy to interact with Mercer’s current roster of players. “Since I was a player here not too long ago, I feel that I can relate to our guys on a more personal level. I have been through similar successes and struggles they are facing on and off the court today.”
Obery made his way to Morris thanks to his former Felician coach, Eric Powe, who left Felician to take the head coach position at Morris. When Obery learned of the assistant job there, he jumped on board. “I told Coach Powe right away that I would be grateful to join the staff. I wanted to have an impact on young men’s lives and help other players get to the level of basketball that I know they can play -- and to see the smile on their faces after helping them achieve their goals," Obery said.