|2013-14 Men's Basketball Coaches|
After a two-year stint leading the Stetson University men's hoops program, Casey Alexander was named the 18th head coach of the Lipscomb University program in May 2013.
Alexander finished his first season at the helm with the Bisons posting a 10-8 record in Atlantic Sun 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 A-Sun. 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 A-Sun All-Freshman honors for their play on the court as rookies.
"Casey has been part of successful programs wherever he has been," said Lipscomb director of Athletics Philip Hutcheson. "But, what I'm most impressed with is his understanding of the spirit, character and mission of Lipscomb University. He shares our values and is a proven player and coach. Casey has observed the Lipscomb program for a long time, and he understands in his bones who we are."
Bringing 18 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience in the Atlantic Sun Conference to the storied Bison program, Alexander led the Hatters to a third-place finish in the A-Sun 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.
Stan Van Gundy, former Orlando Magic head coach, said Alexander is the "kind of coach every parent would like their son to play for."
"Casey is a great fit for Lipscomb," he said. "He has been around success and knows what it takes to win games. He is one of the finest teachers of the game that I have been privileged to watch. He sets high standards for himself and his players and is very demanding yet remains calm in all situations. His players will not only succeed and become better players, he will be the role model that they need to achieve great things in their lives after basketball."
Alexander has a unique understanding of Lipscomb's institutional mission.
"Casey clearly understands the mission of the university," said Scott McDowell, vice president for student development and dean of campus life at Lipscomb. "He has the desire to continue to raise the bar for the basketball program spiritually and to help make that mission come to life in the athletic realm of campus life. His teams are known to be disciplined and hard-working, and I believe he will continue to recruit players who want to be a part of the mission and culture of Lipscomb University."
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 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-Atlantic Sun Conference 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.
"Casey played and coached for me and I can say that he is as competitive as any player I've ever coached," said Byrd, head coach of the Belmont University men's basketball team. "He is a great leader. He was born to coach and is an outstanding teacher of the game."
During that span, the Bruins captured four Atlantic Sun 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.
"Belmont will always be an important part of my life," Alexander said. "I value that experience and the people who are there. The things that I love about that part of my life are what attract me to Lipscomb. It's what allows me to jump in with both feet and to be ready to go."
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, 15; Reed, 12; and Mason, 9.
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