NEW YORK, NY – August 20, 2019 – The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, has named Derrick Alston as the team’s new head coach. Elevated from assistant coach, Alston becomes the fourth head coach in team history and succeeds Mike Miller who recently 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 spent the last four seasons as an assistant for Westchester helping guide the franchise to a 108-92 (.540) record. Alston helped Westchester capture its first-ever postseason victory earlier this year.
Before joining the Knicks organization, Alston served as a player development coach with the Houston Rockets for three seasons. He played four years at Duquesne University and was named First Team All-Atlantic 10 in 1994. Selected 33rd overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, Alston spent two seasons with the team (1994-1996) and signed with the Atlanta Hawks prior to the 1996-97 season. Alston played two games with the Hawks in 1996 before moving overseas, spending the next 15 years playing for 13 different teams across six countries. In 1999, he led FCB Barcelona to the Spanish League title while also taking home the Finals MVP award.
Alston graduated from Hoboken High School in Hoboken, N.J. in 1990. Born on August 20, 1972 in the Bronx, N.Y., Derrick and his wife Robin are proud parents of Derrick Jr. and Avery.