About Coach Alexander
Dewayne Alexander was named the 12th head football coach in Tennessee Tech history on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017.
Alexander spent the 2017 football season as the offensive line coach at East Tennessee State in Johnson City, Tennessee and served as the offensive coordinator at Cumberland University in 2016. He had been assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Tech from 2013 until longtime coach Watson Brown retired following the ’15 campaign.
The Hendersonville native spent his career as a player at Tennessee Tech from 1983 – 1987. Several coaching members of Alexander’s staff were also either teammates or coached with him during earlier stints on the Golden Eagle staff.
Alexander experienced great coaching success during a ten-year period as a head coach from 2003 to 2013 at Wilson Central High School and Cumberland University. He inherited an 0-20 football program at Wilson Central and led them to the first win in school history, the first winning season in school history, the first play-off birth in school history and in 2005 led the Wildcats to a 10-2 record and finished the season ranked 5th in the TN State 5A AP football poll, giving him a three year record of 19-14.
In January of 2006, Cumberland University brought Alexander in to take the helm of a football program that had only won two games in the previous two seasons. Just three seasons later, Alexander led the Cumberland Bulldogs to a share of the Mid-South Conference Championship. This was the university’s first football championship in 61 years.
During his tenure at Cumberland University, Alexander was was named the American Football Coaches Association's NAIA Region 1 Coach of the Year (2010) and the Tennessee Sports Writers Association's Coach of the Year (2011). That same season, CU ranked 14th nationally, its highest mark in 13 seasons. Between the span of 2010 and 2012, the Bulldogs went 23-9, the best stretch in the program's then-76-year history and the best for any college team in Tennessee as twice they missed the NAIA playoffs by one game. During that time, the team was ranked three straight years in the NAIA top 25 for the first time. He went 41-33 during his seven seasons
In 2012, Cumberland led the nation with 16 NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athletes (with a 3.5 grade point average or better) and led the MSC with 31 conference scholar-athletes (3.25 GPA or better).
Alexander is a proven developer of student athletes - determined to lead a football program that competes for championships, completes degrees and makes a positive difference in the community it represents.