My Turn: The truth about Pembroke and the Alosas
A s one of the families that moved into the Pembroke School District in 2011, we find the allegations of recruitment insulting and offensive.
In the United States, one is innocent until proven guilty. Here in New Hampshire, it appears that Pembroke Academy and Matt and Frank Alosa have been found guilty purely through allegations from anonymous sources.
These allegations have been printed and the ideas propagated freely. These accusations have come from coaches, NHIAA representatives and parents who have vendettas against Frank because they disagree with his coaching style.
The way this situation has been handled speaks volumes about the jealousy that abounds in New Hampshire sports.
We moved from Belmont in the spring of 2011. We looked for more than three years for a new place to educate our children. The Shaker Regional School District has a fine reputation, but it wasn’t right for our three boys.
We moved to Belmont from San Antonio, Texas, in 2005. The boys were not embraced or treated in a welcoming fashion. We spent two years talking to families in other school districts about their schools, their coaches, the distance to current employers and educational support services provided by the school.
We met most of these families through the Granite State Raiders basketball program. Families bring their children to the Raiders from all points of this state. While we looked for the right town and school district, our children spent two years at St. John Regional School, traveling more than 150 miles a day between school, activities and school functions.
When the right home became available in Pembroke, we jumped at the opportunity.
It was 30 to 35 minutes from our employers, and less than 10 minutes to St. John Regional School and the Boys and Girls Club in Concord – an ideal location.
The Pembroke School District did not recruit us, invite us or suggest we relocate. At no point did Matt Alosa have any communication with us discussing relocating to play for the Spartans. In addition, his father, Frank, never told us we should move to Pembroke so our children could play for his son. Our decision to move to Pembroke was based on what we saw when we visited the town, the school and other families here.
Pembroke is a quaint New England town with easy access to many amenities. We are minutes from Concord. The major highways are easily accessed. We can get to the Seacoast in less than an hour. The people we met from Pembroke and the surrounding towns are hard-working. They have children who are driven to excel at what they put their minds to. These families have made a commitment to help their children succeed in school, sports and life.
The fact that there are four or more towns sending students here, I believe contributes to residents’ welcoming nature. In addition, there is a summer program called “Pushing Your Limits” that helps transition students to high school.
During our search for a town to move to, we also watched a lot of local sports throughout the state. We went to public schools, Catholic schools and private academies. As for basketball games, there were certainly some noticeable differences in coaching style. We must have seen more than 30 coaches in the three years before we moved.
Matt Alosa definitely has a strong presence. We saw him try to help players not only from his team but other teams. He simply loves the game of basketball. He isn’t on the court trying to make his kid the superstar. He is trying to help every kid who will listen become the best they can be.
Our three boys have enjoyed basketball here, and our youngest has also participated in cross-country and baseball.
We have moved often since leaving the Air Force. This is now our sixth house, and we have rented at least four houses in our 24 years of marriage.
This is a free country, and if parents want to move for a better educational experience for their children, they can. Our American dream is for our children to have more opportunities and a better life than we had. Unfortunately those who aren’t willing to work for the dream find it easier to perpetuate lies about those working so hard.
A governing organization and a newspaper shouldn’t take anonymous reports and let tales perpetuate into supposed truth. This is unfair to the accused individuals and the institutions being attacked. Some people believe anything they hear. Things reported over and over become fact. It is time for the lies to stop and the truth to surface.
The basketball families, coaches and the NHIAA should be thanking the Alosas for what they have done for basketball instead of criticizing and accusing them.
Meanwhile, what we have lost sight of in this offensive against Pembroke Academy is the children.
It appears that a group of angry, vindictive adults got together in a room to hurt two successful coaches. In your war against the Alosa coaches, the children of Pembroke Academy boys basketball have been treated as nothing more than collateral damage.
(Randy and Angie Taylor live in Pembroke.)