The late John Wooden once said, “a coach must never forget that he is a leader, and not merely a person with authority.”
Wooden’s words hold true for LaGuardia Community College women’s basketball head coach Anthony Alfaro. At the junior college level, there is a focus on the student-athletes to not only achieve on the basketball court, but in the classroom as well.
The LaGuardia Community College Red Hawks finished the season with a record of 23-8 overall, going 13-3 at home, 9-3 on the road, and 1-2 on neutral courts.
LaGuardia had five players average double-digit points a game, with freshman guard Briana Johnson leading the way with 15.5 points per game. Kailyn Richburg (13.9 points), Marika Gordon (12.0 points), Lexis Valentin (10.6 points), and Sarah Edwards (10.5 points) were the others.
The Red Hawks outscored their opponents by a margin of 15.4 points per game while connecting on 142 made three pointers this season.
We caught up with Head Coach Anthony Alfaro to get know the women’s basketball program at LaGuardia Community College. Coach Alfaro takes a look back at the 2015-16 season and talks about how he got into coaching basketball, where the women’s basketball program is headed, and some of the biggest lessons he teaches his players both on and off the court.