DeLand, Fla. - After an extensive search Director of Athletics Jeff Altier has announced that Casey Alexander has accepted the position of Head Men's Basketball Coach at Stetson. Alexander becomes the 20th head coach in the program's 103-year history.
"We are very pleased that Casey has accepted the position here at Stetson. His character and integrity are outstanding", said Altier. "He was a critical part of Belmont's development from NAIA into one of the most successful mid-major Division I programs in the nation."
"As a player at Belmont he had an unbelievable record that progressed into his coaching career. He will win at Stetson and he will represent the University in a first class manner while he is doing it", he added.
Alexander comes to Stetson from fellow Atlantic Sun Conference member Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee where he spent the past 16 years working under head coach Rick Byrd. He was an assistant coach for the first seven years before being elevated to associate head coach prior to the 2002-03 season.
"I'm grateful for the confidence of Dr. Libby and Jeff Altier and I'm sold on their vision for Stetson. I'm excited to play a role in moving the University forward", Alexander said.
"I'm honored and humbled to be given this opportunity at Stetson. We have a program here with a rich history and we'll work hard to bring success back to DeLand. Expectation to win will not be delayed. Our immediate task is to establish relationships with the returning players. This program is about them and our number one priority is to see to it that they have a great experience at Stetson", he added.
Alexander's responsibilities at Belmont included coaching, on and off campus recruiting, practice scheduling and planning, scouting, off-season player development, academic monitoring of players, coordinating and directing summer camps
While at Belmont Alexander helped lead the Bruins to four Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances, one NIT appearance and a spot in the NAIA Final Four (1996). Under his tutelage the Belmont men's basketball team produced two A-Sun Players of the Year, five CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, and over 86 A-Sun Academic All-Conference student athletes.
Alexander has long been known as one of the top assistant coaches in college basketball. He has been ranked by FoxSports.com senior college basketball writer Jeff Goodman as the No. 5 'Mid Major Assistant Coach' in the nation as well as being rated 6th in the same category by Jason Belzer of CollegeInsider.com.
Prior to his coaching stint Alexander was a member of the basketball team at Belmont. He had a standout four-year career (1992-95), establishing himself among the top 10 in several of the school's career statistical categories. As the team's captain, he earned a spot on the All-Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference team in 1995 when Belmont posted a 37-2 overall record and an 18-0 TCAC mark. Belmont played to a record of 119-25 during Alexander's career. For his contributions both as a player and coach, Alexander was inducted into the Belmont University Athletic Hall of Fame on October 7th, 2005.
Alexander will take over a Stetson program that last season finished 8-23 overall and 8th (tie) in the A-Sun with a record of 6-14. The Hatters missed the conference tournament for the second consecutive season. Stetson, however, is set to return a solid core of young players including two members of the A-Sun All-Freshman Team (Corey Walden and Luis Jacobo).
"Stetson deserves a winning program that is built to last. This will not be a quick fix where we cut corners and take risks to succeed. We're very intent on recruiting high character student-athletes that excel on and off the floor", said Alexander.