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My Turn: New Hampshire should applaud work of the Alosas

 Maggie Alosa, second from left, poses with her father, Frank, brother Matt, and Matt’s fiancee Maria after Pembroke won the state championship.

Maggie Alosa, second from left, poses with her father, Frank, brother Matt, and Matt’s fiancee Maria after Pembroke won the state championship.

A s a member of the Alosa family, I have witnessed and experienced jealousy and animosity first hand. I am a 17-year-old senior at Bishop Brady in Concord, the sister of Pembroke basketball head coach Matt Alosa and daughter of the Granite State Raiders founder Frank Alosa. It is time reconsider the Pembroke-Alosa situation.

Pembroke Academy has been proven innocent of this “recruiting” fantasy many times. It is a reoccurring assumption that raises another question: Would Pembroke be accused of recruiting if it did not have two state championship banners hanging in the gym?

If Matt Alosa was going to put his job on the line to create a powerhouse team, wouldn’t he go after the best players in the state? The kids moving into town are kids who never played or got cut from their middle school teams.

The Granite State Raiders is more than just an AAU program. It develops kids from nothing to something, and throughout this journey the kids form a family.

It takes a lot of effort, money and agreement to get up and move your entire life to another town. These parents moving their homes are smart and well-educated people who would not embark on such a life-changing event simply because someone said they should.

It’s truly devastating that winning and being successful in this state is now frowned upon. The level of hard work put into the game not only by my dad and brother but these players and their parents is way over the heads of all the “haters.”

What these two coaches are doing for kids and this state is something great that everyone should be happy about. Too many kids get hopes and dreams shattered because of a bad coach. Happiness and achieving goals should be possible for all kids, so why are we punishing two people who are helping to make that happen?

I’m personally so thankful to have learned all the lessons I have from Matt and my dad. These coaches and athletic directors should step back and remember they didn’t want these players when they couldn’t play basketball. They didn’t want these players when they were cutting them off middle school teams. Why do they want them now?

I learned growing up that you should know everything about the person and situation if you are going to accuse them of something. I don’t think that is what is happening here.

Hard work and being good at what you do should be encouraged, not made into a crime.

(Maggie Alosa lives in Concord.)

I believe the Bell brothers did just the same. They moved from Alton to Concord to play basketball. Why is that any different ? Did NHIAA look into that ? The Alosa's put their heart and soul into doing what they love, you can love them or hate them but how dare people to try and ruin them. This is their passion and yes to me they are role models. It is not an easy job to coach. The kids learn so much from them. I applaud them and keep up the good work. Win another title Matt.....

I'm sorry, but it's telling that the only people who've come out publicly in print on the side of the Alosa's are folks who send their kids to Pembroke, work at Pembroke . . . and now, members of the family!

Allow me to try to remedy that, Dan. I feel neutral here, but I can offer a couple neutral observations which, on balance, appear weigh IN FAVOR of father and son Alosa. First, my hat is off to Maggie: She very succinctly manages, first, to concede that they ARE ENGAGING in what the NHIAA calls recruiting -- “wouldn’t [Matt] go after the best players in the state?” (Out of the mouths of babes...) But second, she then articulates an extremely compelling case that what they are doing is or ought to be justified. It would be hard to make a reasonable argument that once-failing players rejected by their existing schools who have been significantly improved under the tutelage of a private coach ought to not be allowed to continue that progress by playing for a like-minded coach in a different public school. The NHIAA is right to want to avoid recruiting that involves public school coaches stealing-away other public school coaches’ successful players. But at least as described by Maggie, the Alosas are not engaged in recruiting, but in player development. The NHIAA needs to revisit its rules -- and rethink an envy and resentment that appears to be every bit as immature as it is rampant. These coaches are supposed to act like kids’ adult role models, not kids.

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