Who said you can’t go home again? A former Owl captain who served as student assistant coach while completing his degree, Alphonse Michalski returned to Keene State College’s men’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach last season.
Michalski, a native of Northampton, Mass., has kept close tabs on the program since graduating in 2005. “Even when I wasn’t there, I still cared about the program and wanted to see it succeed,” said Michalski. “I put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into the program when I played. Hopefully, I can bring some of that passion back.”
“Alphonse is going to be our utility infielder. We’ll plug him in where we need him,” said Head Coach Rob Colbert. “He’ll do some recruiting, but his main focus will be practice and game coaching.”
A four-year player for the Owls, Michalski (1999-00, 2001-04) was a member of highly successful Keene State basketball team that earned an NCAA tournament berth. A 1,000-point career scorer who is second in assists (490) and fifth in steals (161) on Keene State’s all-time career list, Michalski played on the Owls’ 2003-2004 team that captured the Little East championship and advanced to the elite-eight of the NCAA tournament.