A St. Lawrence graduate and college basketball coach has written a guide
to coaching that Syracuse University Head Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim
describes as a "benefit to coaches both young and old."
Jack Alofs '58 is the author of Jack Plus 5, called "enlightening
and interesting to all basketball coaches at any level" by its publishers.
Alofs coached at Herkimer County Community College (HCCC), achieving a
20-year record of 391-155 (72 percent winning percentage).
Alofs recently told his hometown newspaper, The Evening
Times in Little Falls, New York, "When I first started coaching high school basketball,
there was a lot of trial and error involved. Very few resources were available to
coaches to get information on the various offenses and defenses and
how to run them successfully. I remember wishing for a book that I could
pick up and read about various strategies and when and how to implement them.
It probably could have saved me some losses."
Jack Plus 5 is not simply a manual. It includes anecdotes from Alofs'
32-year career, stories about players and recollections of how Alofs led teams
to national competitions.
A native of Gloversville, New York, Alofs also holds a master's degree in
education from St. Lawrence. After coaching high school basketball at
St. Johnsville and Spencerport, New York, he moved on to coaching at
HCCC. He coached his team to a 4th-place finish in the NJC Division I
Basketball Tournament and later, led his team to a Division III Junior
College National Basketball Championship. Alofs was twice chosen New York
State Junior College Coach of the Year and after retiring, he was
inducted into the Greater Utica (NY) Sports Hall of Fame. He has lectured
on basketball and his unique 1-3-1 Trap Zone at basketball clinics and
camps and has authored numerous articles on coaching.
Posted: March 4, 2005