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February 14, 2013

Salem coach is driven to succeed

Alosa, 26, has young Blue Devils streaking into playoffs

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Alosa, who was a three-year starter at Trinity and helped the Pioneers win the 2005 Class L title, was very young when her father coached at Gilford.

“But I remember just running around the gym watching the girls play,” she said. “I remember spending my birthdays on game day and his team singing to me and my twin brother. I spent a lot of time in the gym between my dad and uncle.”

Alosa was never coached by her dad.

“But he was always the person who pushed me,” Alosa said. “I told him that I wanted to be a really good basketball player. Now, as a coach, I tell him I want to be a very good coach, and he has never lets me settle. He’s always pushed me to be even better.”

Alosa takes the same approach with her players.

“She is a very intense coach, sort of someone hard to get a compliment out of,” Hickey said. “We’ll have a good practice but never great. But then she will tell us what we have to work on, which I think is really good before games. ... After a game, it will be like, ‘You had a really good game but tomorrow in practice let’s work on this, this and this.’”

Before Alosa took the position at Salem, she served two years as an assistant coach at UMass Lowell and one year as an assistant at Adelphi.

She had her own goals in her mind on how long it would take to turn around the Salem program.

“I try not to share with too many people where I saw them sitting the first year I was there as opposed to this year and even next year,” Alosa said. “They are kind of right where I felt they would be.”

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