Alexia Novelli is a former player for the University of Alaska Anchorage. Originally from Anchorage, she played her first game of basketball in 8th grade at Hanshew Junior High. Her family moved to the Valley right before high school began and Alexia began her freshman year on the C Team at Colony High School. Developing into a varsity player, she left Alaska after graduation to continue her basketball career at SFCC, a junior college in Spokane. She had two double-doubles for the season; 22 points and 10 rebounds in a victory over Mt. Hood, and 18 points with 14 rebounds in a win over Columbia Basin. Alexia ended the season averaging double-digit points per game, led the starting lineup in shooting percentage, finished 2nd in rebounds and blocks, and earned a place as one of the team’s scholar-athletes.
Alexia decided coming home to play for UAA was her best option to develop as a player and to represent her home state. After two years, she joined the Wasilla High School coaching staff. She hopes to inspire other Alaskan athletes to pursue their aspirations of competing in athletics beyond high school.
Michael Novelli serves as President of Innovate, an Anchorage-based advertising and business consulting firm. Raised in a family of three boys, one sister, and a father that coached football, gymnastics, volleyball, and wrestling, his love of sports began at a young age. In 1999 he founded the AFL, Alaska’s first outdoor adult tackle football league, with roles not just as a player and coach, but as the leader of the organization. The AFL attracted past high school stars and college athletes alike and created opportunities for further development. Some of the players were able to use the AFL as a launching pad for college and semi-professional careers. Novelli later stepped down with the birth of his first child.
With his two oldest kids becomingcollege athletes, and the three youngest under the age of nine, Michael and his wife Stephani have a wide spectrum in ages and stages of childhood. Novelli understands the opportunities that student athletics bring, and is looking to create opportunities for advanced skill development with a strong emphasis on fundamentals and coaching innovations. With many parents counting on coaches to develop their kids, Novelli hopes to encourage parents to pursue athletic development for their kids year-round.