Lipscomb has turned to a former rival to lead its men’s basketball program.
Former Belmont player and assistant Casey Alexander will be introduced as the Bisons’ new head coach at a press conference on Sunday. Alexander just finished his second season as head coach at Atlantic Sun Conference rival Stetson. He replaces Scott Sanderson, who resigned on April 9 after 14 seasons.
Athletic director Philip Hutcheson could not be reached for comment.
Alexander's nephew, Harrison Alexander, posted the following on his Twitter account Friday: "well the news is already out so i can break the silence now: congrats to my uncle case, now the head basketball coach at lipscomb."
Casey Alexander is an interesting choice considering his lineage. The prevailing feeling was Hutcheson, a former Lipscomb player under Don Meyer, would hire someone with Lipscomb ties. Instead, he hired a longtime nemesis.
A graduate of Brentwood Academy, Alexander played point guard at Belmont from 1992-95 and helped the Bruins to a 119-25 record. He then jumped straight into coaching and spent the next 16 years at Belmont as an assistant for Rick Byrd. He was named the associate head coach in 2002 and helped the Bruins in their transition from NAIA to NCAA Division I. Belmont reached the NCAA Tournament four times while Alexander was on staff.
Two years ago, he landed his first head coach at Stetson in DeLand, Fla. He went 9-20 in his first season but guided the Hatters to a 15-16 record this past winter. Stetson finished third in the A-Sun with an 11-7 mark and reached the semifinals of the conference tournament before falling to eventual champion Florida Gulf Coast.
Though Belmont is no longer in the Atlantic Sun, Alexander will still have to face his former boss twice. The Bruins and Bisons are scheduled to continue their Battle of the Boulevard rivalry with two games a year for the foreseeable future.
Earlier Friday, Lipscomb granted redshirt-freshman center Stephen Hurt his release from the school. The 6-foot-10, 285-pounder from Murfreesboro is expected to transfer.
He was the Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year after averaging 11.5 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds.