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Casey Alexander recently completed his second season as head coach of the Stetson men's basketball program in 2012-13. He is the 20th head coach in program history, which began with the 1900-01 season.
In his second campaign at the helm, Alexander led Stetson to a 15-16 overall mark and an 11-7 Atlantic Sun Conference record in 2012-13, both the best since 2008-09. The Hatters' 11-7 league tally earned them the three seed in their first A-Sun Tournament since 2008-09.
Defeating ETSU in the league championships for the first time ever, Stetson advanced to the A-Sun Semifinals for the first time since 2005-06, but ultimately fell to eventual A-Sun Champion and NCAA Tournament darling FGCU. The Hatters' 67-46 victory over the Bucs was the largest tournament win for Stetson since 1993, and the 25.4 percent shooting they held ETSU to was a new A-Sun Tournament record.
The Alexander brand of basketball brought plenty of positive offensive numbers in his second season, as the Hatters were consistently near the top of the league in scoring, field goal percentage, and three point shooting. Stetson really excelled, however, in sharing the ball. The Hatters were near the national leaders in assists per game all season long, ending the 2012-13 campaign eighth in the entire country averaging 16.2 helpers per contest.
A number of individuals achieved tremendous success under Alexander both on and off the court in 2012-13. Adam Pegg was named First Team All-Atlantic Sun, Capital One Academic All-District, and A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the year for his excellence on the court and in the classroom. Chris Perez earned Second Team All-Atlantic Sun honors, while Hunter Miller was named to the Academic All-Conference Team.
In his first season in DeLand, Alexander led the Hatters to their then best record since 2008-09, while narrowly missing out on the A-Sun Tournament due to tie-breaker rules. Stetson's 6-12 league mark was also the best since 2008-09.
The 2011-12 Hatters improved their scoring output by 7.9 points, their shooting percentage by 14 percentage points, and three-point shooting by a staggering 46 percentage points from the previous season. Stetson also made improvements in free throw percentage (.620 to .695), assists per game (9.5 to 15), and rebounds (33.1 to 36.5).
There were also individual accomplishments during Alexander's first year at the helm. Junior center Adam Pegg (Clearwater, Fla.) was named to the All-Atlantic Sun Conference First Team, the first to do so since Garfield Blair in 2009. Pegg led the Hatters with 14.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Pegg (twice) and sophomore Chris Perez were also both named A-Sun Newcomer of the Week during the 2011-12 campaign.
Alexander came to Stetson from then fellow A-Sun Conference member Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., where he spent 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.
His 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 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). During his tenure, the Bruins produced two A-Sun Players of the Year, five CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and more than 86 A-Sun Academic All-Conference student athletes.
Alexander had long been known as one of the top assistant coaches in college basketball. He was ranked by FoxSports.com senior college basketball writer Jeff Goodman as the No. 5 'Mid-Major Assistant Coach' in the nation and was rated sixth in the same category by Jason Belzer of CollegeInsider.com.
Prior to his coaching stint at Belmont, Alexander was a member of the Bruins' basketball team. 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 7, 2005.
Alexander, a 1995 Belmont graduate with a degree in physical education, earned his Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Austin Peay in 1996. He was born on June 8, 1972, in Chattanooga, Tenn., and raised in Nashville. He and his wife, Sunni, have three children: Allie, Reed and Mason.