By ANTHONY LIFRIERI
Smithtown resident Gus Alfieri is the consummate teacher. One of the most successful basketball coaches in Suffolk County history, a doctor of American Cultural Studies, published author and the head of the All American Basketball Camp for 45 years, Alfieri continues to teach by holding a clinic providing tips on being published, Wednesday, September 25 at the Smithtown Library.
Alfieri’s basketball resume is extensive. In 19 years as head boys’ basketball coach at St. Anthony’s, Alfieri, known for his extensive preparation and suffocating defense, won over 300 games, four NSCHAA titles and two New York State championships.
After his coaching career, Alfieri went back to college to get a second master’s degree and doctorate in American Cultural History. Alfieri, a 50-year Smithtown resident, credited the tools he learned during this period as the basis for his book, Lapchick: The Life of a Legendary Player and Coach in the Glory Days of Basketball.