Monday, June 16, 2008

ECU names new men's basketball coach

ECU's Alexander chosen to lead Aggies

Courtesy Cameron Sports

LAWTON, Oklahoma (June 16) – Wade Alexander, the assistant men’s basketball coach at East Central University (Ada, Oklahoma), a fellow Lone Star Conference school, was officially announced as the new head men’s basketball coach at Cameron University this morning. CU Athletic Director Jim Jackson has finalized the hiring and Alexander has already begun his duties at CU.

Alexander is from the Southwest Oklahoma area and grew up in Marlow, Oklahoma. He takes the place of recently departed Maurice Leitzke who left the Aggies for personal and family reasons.

“I’m very excited to hire Wade Alexander,” Jackson said. “What excites me is that he has the reputation of being one of the top recruiters in this area and in the LSC. He knows the LSC and he has been successful at three different institutions. He comes highly recommended and is ready to take over his own program. I’m delighted he is coming on board to join our family.”

Alexander, who has been a head coach of men’s and women’s golf (Bacone College) but never of men’s basketball, was equally excited about the move to Cameron and to Lawton.

“I think this is a great opportunity,” Alexander said. “I think Cameron University is a gold mine, and I think we can really get some big things done here. I am from the area and know a lot about the area. I’ve followed CU for many years and this is truly a place I have always wanted to be.”

Alexander served as the assistant men’s basketball coach under head coach Terry Shannon at East Central University from 2005-2008. While at ECU he helped lead the Tigers to a third-place finish in the LSC after the 2005-2006 season, and was instrumental in the development of seven LSC All-Conference players. He also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator under head coach Terry Shannon and was responsible for all of the administrative duties.

“Wade has a tireless work ethic and is driven to succeed,” Jackson said. “I expect great things from him. He’s paid his dues and he has been a very good assistant coach. There comes a point when you’re ready to become a head coach and somebody has to give you that break. I know Wade will do great things at Cameron.”

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