Al Sokaitis, the former men's basketball coach for UAF who tried to bring minor-league basketball to Anchorage, on Thursday was named head coach of Post University, a Division II school in Waterbury, Conn.
Sokaitis brings more than 20 years of college-level coaching to the job, including an eight-year run at UAF.
Sokaitis resigned from UAF in 2004 after leading the Nanooks to four winning seasons, a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference titles, a trip to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 and the 2002 championship at the Top of the World Classic, where the Nanooks were the lone Division II school in an eight-team field otherwise filled by Division I teams.
Sokaitis has earned coach-of-the-year honors 11 times in his career that includes coaching basketball programs at Western State College, UAF, University of Southern Maine and North Adams State College.
In 2008, Sokaitis was the head coach of the Alaska Dream, an Anchorage team affiliated with the ABA, but the team folded after playing three exhibition games in Fairbanks.
Post University competes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference where they went 9-9 (13-17 overall) last season.