During a ceremony in Pittsburgh before the semifinal games at the A-10 tournament, Bockhorn was asked who his greatest inspiration was.
“The late Tom Blackburn, my old coach,” Bockhorn said. “He was there for years and years. He was a great disciplinarian. He reminded me of (former Rhode Island coach) Jim Baron a little bit. He was a pain to play for, I’ll tell you that. He did the job for us. Every guy who played under Tom for three years did very well in life. He was tough. He was fair.”