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Stoughton boys basketball program built on enthusiasm

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STOUGHTON (WKOW) -- When describing his own personality, Stoughton boys basketball coach Matt Hockett uses words like energetic, enthusiastic and fun loving. If you've ever seen Hockett on the sideline of a Stoughton game, you know exactly what he's talking about.

While coaching, Hockett can be seen from the sidelines using up as much energy as any players on the floor. Jumping up and down, clapping his hands and shouting phrases like "go get it," "that's us" and "every rebound," Hockett is in constantly on the move in front of the Vikings' bench trying to bring an energy to his team.

"It was engrained in me from a young age from my folks, nothing great can be accomplished without enthusiasm," Hockett said.

"You see a lot of different coaching styles. My way is positive, outgoing and yelling and screaming."

There's no topping the passion and joy seen in Hockett after his team's regional final victory over DeForest last March, sealing the program's first trip to the state tournament in 74 years. Fans mobbed the players with joy and at the bottom of the pile was the head coach himself having as much fun as anyone.

In just his fifth year as Stoughton's head coach, Hockett has revitalized the program with his constant enthusiasm, which his players have bought into. Hockett can't guarantee a win every night out, but every time his team hits the floor, the Vikings will bring a passion that's tough to beat.

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