May 13, 2010
SOKAITIS TABBED HEAD MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH AT POST
Courtesy of Joe Coss, Post SID
WATERBURY, Conn. (May 13, 2010) - Post
University announced on Thursday that veteran college basketball
coach Al Sokaitis has been named Head Coach of Post
University’s Men’s Basketball program. Sokaitis brings
more than 20 years of collegiate-level coaching experience and has
served as a private instructor for NBA Players.
“Al has a track record of success and is an accomplished
coach at the college level,” said Anthony Fallacaro, Post
University Athletic Director. “His experience and ability to
connect with the community will have an incredible impact on our
student-athletes. He is a proven winner both on and off the court,
making him a perfect fit for our growing University.”
Sokaitis has taken three different programs to six conference
championships and seven NCAA Tournaments, including advancing to
two regional finals. Sokaitis has been named Coach of the Year 11
times throughout his career, and was named NCAA National Coach of
the Month twice. Additionally, Sokaitis has defeated eight Division
I programs with a Division II team.
“My philosophy is not simply coaching this Post
University basketball team, it is coaching a program that includes
academics in conjunction with athletics,” said Sokaitis.
“It is not only about being a good player on the floor, but
also learning how to handle life in general, which is the key to
success later in life.”
In addition to coaching five different college basketball
programs including Western State College, Alaska Fairbanks,
University of Southern Maine, and North Adams State College,
Sokaitis coached the Alaska Dream in the ABA for one season. The
Dream started the season ranked 24th and improved to become the
second ranked team nationally.
Sokaitis has served as lead clinician at 13 consecutive NCAA
Division I Final Fours, and most recently worked individually with
David Lee of the New York Knicks who is now scoring more than 20
points per game in the NBA.
“Winning is not about my system, it's about fitting
players into a style of play where they can be successful,”
added Sokaitis. “Our team goal will be to win the league and
the NCAA's, which calls for commitment, heart, and basketball
Off the court, Sokaitis’ resume is just as impressive,
said Fallacaro. He has served as the United Way State Chairman in
Alaska, was elected to Alaska’s Special Olympics Board of
Directors, has served as a motivational speaker for the United
States Army, and currently serves as the co-director of the
Challenge Life Youth Foundation.
Sokaitis will be taking over the Post University Eagles
Men’s Basketball program after a 13-17 (9-9 CACC)