Former Northeast Tiger takes over reins of Lady Tiger program

By NEMCC Media Relations

BOONEVILLE – Fifteen years after being selected as Mr. Northeast Mississippi Community College, Brian Alexander returns to his roots.

Alexander, who was born in Booneville and raised in New Albany, was named the head women’s basketball coach at Northeast on Wednesday, April 20 in a ceremony held in the Frank Haney Union on the Booneville campus.

Alexander, 34, replaces current Northeast athletic director and dean of student services Ricky Ford who held the position for 30 years.

“We were not looking for someone to replace, me but we were looking for someone that could take this program and lead it without any reservations what so ever,” Ford said. “Brian Alexander will take this challenge and do very well with it.”

Alexander already knows his way around the Booneville campus after spending two years as a student assistant/manager on Mike Lewis’ Tiger basketball team that advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Basketball Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., in 1995-96.

“Coach Ford led the women’s basketball program at Northeast with integrity, complete commitment and a tireless work ethic for over 30 years,” Northeast president Dr. Johnny L. Allen said. “When I promoted Coach Ford to dean of students services, I knew we would be looking for a new coach with those same qualities. We are confident we have that in Brian Alexander.

“Brian is an outstanding young man,” Allen continued. “He has served other teams well throughout his career. We are proud to have him back at Northeast.”

Since leaving Northeast, Alexander has spent only two years not on the collegiate or professional level.

Alexander marked the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons at Columbus High School in helping to lead the Falcons to the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) North Half Tournament in 1998.

Following his stint at Columbus High School, Alexander spent seasons at the University of Southern Mississippi (1998-2001), Southeastern Louisiana University (2001-03) and Campbell University (2003-06) before returning to the area as a member of the men and women’s coaching staff at Itawamba Community College in Fulton from 2006-09.

On April 23, 2009, Alexander left the collegiate ranks to become a professional basketball coach as the head coach of the Tupelo Rock-N-Roller basketball organization in the World Basketball Exposure Association leading the Rock-N-Rollers to a finalist appearance in the WBEA.

During his coaching experience, Alexander helped lead teams to 14 championships including postseason appearances in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) National Invitational Tournament with the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in 2001 and NJCAA National Tournament appearances with Northeast in 1995 and Itawamba in 2007 and 2008.

In addition to his associate of arts from Northeast, Alexander holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education from Mississippi State University, a Master’s of Science in Human Performance and a Specialist in Education in Secondary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and recently attained his doctorate degree from Mississippi State University in Community College Leadership.

“We were looking for someone that could not only coach but also teach in the classroom,” Ford said. “Brian brings the entire package that will fit into what we want here at NEMCC.”

Alexander is married to the former Cassie James of Ripley, also a Northeast alumnae, and the couple have two children a five-year-old daughter Kinsley, a three-year-old son Colson and are expecting another son in May.