The 2002 and 2003 NEWMAC Coach of the Year, Walter Alessi begins his 31st season on the sidelines commanding MIT soccer. Alessi's 198-241-30 record places him high atop the Institute's record books in terms of career wins and longevity. In 2003, he led MIT to the NCAA national quarterfinals and a No. 8 position in the national rankings. Alessi was also named New England Coach of the Year and a finalist for National Coach of the Year honors.
Currently, Alessi is chairman of the New England Division III ranking board and chairman of the New England Region All-America selection committee. Alessi is also a member of the ECAC Tournament selection committee and served for many years as the chairman of the NCAA selection committee.
Prior to his arrival at MIT, Alessi coached at Rogers High School in Newport, R.I., and at St. George's School in Middletown, R.I. from 1972-73. He made his initial return to the Bay State to teach and coach at Westwood High School from 1973-75.
Alessi graduated from UMass Amherst with a B.S. in physical education in 1968. After graduating and serving four years in the Navy, Alessi returned to school and earned an M.Ed. from Rhode Island College. In 1981, he received an M.Ed. in physical education from Boston College. Alessi has worked at numerous World Cup soccer clinics and the All-American soccer camp. He has been a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association since 1975.