Casey Alexander was named the 18th head coach of the Lipscomb University program in May 2013 taking over the team following a two-year stint as head coach at Stetson University.
Under Alexander’s direction the Lipscomb program has trended upward including the 2016-17 season that saw a record-setting offensive output for the second-straight season and the first 20-win season in over a decade. The Bisons put fresh ink all over the record book including an average of 84.97 points per game over five points higher than the previous mark. The squad also posted a record 10.3, 3-point field goals per outing setting a new school mark, leading the ASUN and ranking sixth in the nation. The team also finished among the nation’s best in assists finishing behind only UCLA (21.4 apg) and Purdue (18.3) with a 18.3 assists per game mark, the best in school history.
The offense helped lead the Bisons to an 11-3 mark in league action for a .786 winning percentage, the best in school history. Included in those 11 league wins was a win over Jacksonville that saw Lipscomb post 112 points against the Dolphins in a regulation game marking the highest point total against an NCAA Division I opponent in school history and the most in an ASUN game since 2007. Then sophomore Garrison Mathews led the way in that win setting the NCAA era scoring record with a 39-point effort against Jacksonville.
Mathews would go on to finish third in the league in scoring with a 20.4 points per game average and would become just the second Bison to earn NABC First-Team All-District honors as well as being named a unanimous All-ASUN first-team selection by the league coaches. Mathews would be joined on the All-ASUN team by fellow sophomore Rob Marberry, who garnered second-team honors.
The offensive revolution began to take hold in the 2015-16 season for Alexander’s Bisons squad as the team set new marks for points in a season (2,590) and 3-pointers (331) that would be short lived. The season would see J.C. Hampton earn second-team, all-league honors, while Mathews and Eli Pepper would be named to the ASUN All-Freshman team.
Alexander finished his first season at the helm with the Bisons posting a 10-8 record in ASUN Conference play. The team rebounded from an 0-4 start to league action to win 10-of-14 to finish the regular season in a 3-way tie for fourth place in the conference standings. Overall, Lipscomb finished 15-15 on the year and averaged 75.9 points per game, a figure that ranked third in the ASUN. The Bisons led the league in three pointers making 9.2 per outing.
A big part of the success of the 2013-14 team came from freshman duo J.C. Hampton and Josh Williams, who each earned ASUN All-Freshman honors for their play on the court as rookies.
Alexander’s second squad of his tenure in 2014-15 finished 14-17 overall and 7-7 in ASUN Play. That record would see the Bisons tie for fourth in the standings but have to make a trip to Northern Kentucky in the opening round of the playoffs where Lipscomb would notch a 76-73 overtime win over the Norse. That win marked the first postseason victory for the Purple and Gold since 2010. Williams would finish second in the league in scoring and earn first-team All-ASUN honors for his play.
Before joining the Bisons in 2013, Alexander led Stetson to a third-place finish in the ASUN standings. Stetson’s 11-7 finish in league play marked only the second time in the last decade that the Hatters finished third or higher in the conference standings.
A trademark of Alexander’s coaching philosophy is recruiting “players who are committed to playing hard and playing as a team. We work hard to find the right players and coaches on the front end. When you get this type of player, you can accomplish great things.”
In 2012-13 at Stetson, the Hatters ranked among the nation’s best in sharing the ball as Alexander’s squad ranked eighth nationally averaging 16.2 assists per game. Stetson also ranked second in the A-Sun in scoring averaging 70.3 points per game finishing just behind the high-octane Florida Gulf Coast offense in the scoring race. The Hatters also ranked second in the conference in field goal percentage (.456), three point field goal percentage (.329) and free throw percentage (.705).
Under Alexander’s direction Adam Pegg earned 2013 Atlantic Sun Conference Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for his play on the court and his work in the classroom. The center was also named All-ASUN first-team after finishing as the only player in the league to finish in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage.
Prior to taking his first head coaching role at Stetson, Alexander spent 16 years on the bench with Belmont head coach Rick Byrd. During that span, the Bruins captured four ASUN Conference Tournament Championships, made four trips to the NCAA Tournament and one NIT appearance.
While still at Belmont, Alexander was named the “No. 5 Mid-Major Assistant Coach by national college basketball Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports.
Before putting on the suit and tie on the sidelines, Alexander was a standout player for Belmont (‘92-95) leading the Bruins to a 119-25 record during his playing career. He established himself among the career leaders in a number of categories and was inducted into the Belmont Hall of Fame in 2005.
A three-sport standout in high school, Alexander helped lead Brentwood Academy to a pair of state titles.
Alexander and his wife, the former Sunni Dixon, have three children, Allie, 18; Reed, 15; and Mason, 12.