WATERVILLE, Maine – Darrell “Texas” Alexander has returned to his alma mater as the head men’s basketball coach at Thomas College.
Thomas Athletic Director David Roussel made the announcement on Thursday.
Alexander, a native of Fairfield, Texas., is a 2010 graduate of Thomas, where he was a four-year starter for former coach T.J. Maines. Alexander replaces Jon Hayes, who stepped down after taking the position last spring.
“I am excited to be back at Thomas and for a new opportunity,” says Alexander, who earned a degree in communications. “I hope to be able to develop the team on and off the court, while continuing the programs strong tradition.”
Alexander takes over the Terriers program after serving as an assistant coach at Smith College. As a member of the Pioneers’ coaching staff, he helped the team make its first ever NCAA appearance.
Alexander was a three-year captain for the Terriers and scored 1,128 points, good for 19th in program history. As a senior, he helped Thomas post a program-best 18-8 record and earn a trip to the North Atlantic Conference semifinals.
“In coach Alexander, we have hired a person with great passion and enthusiasm for the sport of basketball and for Thomas College,” Roussel said in a press release.
“I am confident in coach Alexander and know that he will have an immediate positive impact on our basketball program and that he will provide a great overall experience for our student-athletes,” he added.