Alexander became the ninth North Carolina A&T men's basketball coach in the
modern era on April 20, 2012. Alexander brings
with him a wealth of experience in constructing a championship program within
Alexander led S.C.
State to seven MEAC tournament title games, winning five of those contest over
a 16-year span. Before Alexander arrived in Orangeburg, the Bulldogs had
captured only one MEAC regular-season title, and they reached just one MEAC
tournament final. In addition, the school was coming off of its ninth straight
When his tenure
ended at S.C. State, Alexander had won nearly 60 percent of his games and more
than 70 percent of his conference games. Alexander will be asked to restore the
Aggies tradition of winning MEAC titles. The Aggies own a league-leading 15
MEAC tournament titles, but have not been crowned champions since 1995.
Alexander's time in
the MEAC began in 1976. He spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Howard University
under A.B. Williamson. In 1987, he was named the head coach at S.C. State. He
was able to compile a 277-202 record overall and a 191-79 record in the MEAC. Alexander's
teams at S.C. State finished first or second 13 times.
In year one at S.C.
State, he was 16-13. By year two, the Bulldogs finished 25-8, broke the school
record for wins and advanced to the NCAA tournament after winning the school's
first MEAC tournament title. During the same season, the Bulldogs gained
national prominence by winning the San Juan Shootout. One of the victories in
the shootout included a win over No. 11 Villanova. Alexander was now on his way
to piecing together what became one of the most successful coaching runs in
helped him win three MEAC Coach of the Year honors while at S.C. State,
including the 2003 honor for leading the Bulldogs to their fifth MEAC crown.
His S.C. State teams received the prestigious American Sports Wire Black
College National Championship three times (1996, '98, '00).
After the '03 season, Alexander became the
head men's basketball coach at Tennessee State University. Alexander spent six
seasons with the Tigers. Alexander led TSU to the 2008 OVC championship game,
the school's first in 10 years. Alexander is a Winston-Salem, N.C., native, who
has a 344-309 career record over 22 seasons. His other coaching
acknowledgements include being named Palmetto State Coach of the Year by the
Greenville Basketball Club. He has also been inducted into the Catawba and S.C.
State Hall of Fames. In 1996, he was named American Sports Wire National Coach
of the Year.
served as a member of the Black Coaches Association and the National
Association of Basketball Coaches. He is also a member of several organizations,
including Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Catawba College. He earned a
master's degree in education from Howard University. He and his lovely wife Cecelia have one child, Joi Alexander. Coach Alexander also has a grandson, Cameron, and his 92-year old mother Margaret, lives in Winston-Salem, N.C.