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Belmont hires Lipscomb’s Casey Alexander as new men's basketball coach

2019 NIT Championship
Posted at 10:34 AM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 12:04:18-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Belmont has reached a deal to hire Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander to the same position. An official announcement was made on Wednesday.

The deal is worth $4 million dollars over five years, luring Alexander away from the Bruins’ arch-rival.

Alexander, 46, has gone 115-84 in six season at Lipscomb, including three straight seasons of 20 wins or more. He led the Bisons the 2018 Atlantic Sun Tournament title and their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance, and followed that up with a 29-8 season this year that earned him the league’s Coach of the Year honor.

Lipscomb lost to Liberty in the A-Sun Tournament final and failed to get an at-large bid to the Big Dance, but Alexander further made a name for himself as an up and coming head coach by leading the Bisons to four NIT victories before falling to Texas in the championship game last Thursday.

Alexander replaces legendary Belmont coach Rick Byrd, who retired last week after 33 seasons and 805 wins at the school. Alexander played for Byrd at Belmont from 1992-95 and is a member of the school’s athletic Hall of Fame.
He also served as a Byrd’s assistant for 16 seasons before he got his first head coaching job at Stetson in 2011.

Alexander improved the Hatters from 9-20 in his first season to a third place finish in the Atlantic Sun in year two. He then returned to Nashville to take over a struggling Lipscomb program.

Alexander will inherit a Belmont team that won 27 games this season, including the school’s first ever NCAA Tournament victory.