Saturday, June 8, 2013

Alosa to Coach at Carnegie Mellon

In just two years Annie Alosa turned the Salem High girls basketball program around, and for that she is being rewarded.

"Some new opportunities were presented to me post-season" Alosa told the NH Notebook. "I was offered an opportunity to get back into college coaching. After much deliberation I took a full-time assistant coaching position at Carnegie Mellon University in PA."

Salem was a struggling program when Alosa took over two years ago. Plus they were losing all of the Windham kids who got their own high school (the Windham girls have gone to the Final Four the last two years). Still, Alosa has managed to turn the program around in just two years. This past winter the Blue Devils had their best season in years, going 11-7 in the regular season and advancing to the D-I quarterfinals. They did all of that with just 3 seniors on the roster.

Alosa leaves the team in very good shape, as they return a strong junior class led by Brenna Blakslee, Emily Hickey and Amanda Bickford.

Alosa also coached with the NE Crusaders AAU program, and prior to Salem she coached at UMass Lowell and Adelphi in Long Island. She is a Concord native who played in high school at Trinity where she won a state title in 2005 and in college at Plymouth St.

"Isincerely wish the best for the girls and the program at Salem but truly believe they are in the right direction and will have a great year no matter what" Alosa said.

In addition to Alosa, other coaches who have gone from coaching NHIAA girls basketball to the college ranks in the past couple years are Kevin Gibbs (from Bishop Guertin to NHTI) and Rob Bennett (from Kearsarge to Keene State).

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