After spending the past four seasons as an assistant coach for the Westchester Knicks, the team announced Derrick Alston as their next head coach. Alston joined Mike Miller’s staff prior to the 2015-16 season and has been with the organization since. He becomes Westchester’s fourth head coach after Miller joined the New York Knicks coaching staff.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to become the new head coach of the Westchester Knicks and to continue the development of our young and talented players, both on and off the court.” Alston said. “I want to thank Steve Mills, Scott Perry, Craig Robinson and the entire Knicks organization for this opportunity and continued support. I’m eager to get started.”
“Derrick has been an integral part of this organization and what we are building in both New York and Westchester,” said Craig Robinson, vice president of player development and Westchester Knicks general manager. “His appointment, after an extensive search, is a continuation of the development and success our players have enjoyed. Derrick has a unique vantage point and knows from experience the process of developing into an NBA player. His experience combined with his natural teaching ability and leadership skills make him the ideal coach to carry out the Westchester Knicks vision.”
Alston started out his professional career with the Philadelphia 76ers after being selected with the No. 33 pick in the 1994 NBA Draft. He spent two seasons in Philadelphia then suited up in two games for the Atlanta Hawks in 1996. Alston spent the next 15 years overseas and played a role in the New Zealand Breakers make their first-ever postseason appearance during the 2007-08 season.
After Alston wrapped up his professional career, he joined the Houston Rockets as their player development coach. He spent three seasons in Houston before joining Westchester.