|Title:||Assistant Head Coach Offense|
A former player and coach at Tennessee Tech, and the head
football coach at Cumberland University for seven seasons, Dewayne
Alexander returned to his alma mater in 2013 as an assistant coach
under Watson Brown. Alexander will coach the offensive linemen.
Alexander earned two degrees from Tech and was a four-year member of the football team and a three-year letterwinner. He has also been back at Tech twice as an assistant coach.
During his time at Cumberland, his teams had 44 all-conference honorees and 101 conference Scholar-Athletes. Cumberland tied for the Mid-South Conference West Division championship in 2008 and played for the conference title in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Thirty-nine players have been named NAIA National Scholar-Athletes, while 20 have garnered conference Player of the Week accolades and five NAIA National Players of the Week. The club led the nation with 16 NAIA Scholar-Athletes in 2012.
A 1988 graduate of TTU with a degree in political science and a minor in English, Alexander played four seasons on the defensive line for the Golden Eagles, one year under coach Gary Darnell and three for coach Jim Ragland.
Following graduation, he spent eight seasons at Hendersonville
High School, his prep alma mater, as football, wrestling and
softball coach, before returning to the Upper Cumberland region in
1996 to serve as assistant principal and head football coach at
Jackson County High School.
His collegiate coaching career began in 1997 when he took a position at Tech as an assistant on coach Mike Hennigan’s staff, working with running backs for two seasons before being named head football coach at Upperman High School in Baxter. While at Tech, he earned a master’s in Instructional Leadership.
In 2001, he was offensive coordinator at Gallatin High School and in 2002 he came back to Tech as defensive line coach for one more year, working with Buck Buchanan Award finalist D.J. Bleisath. In 2003, he was offered the head coaching position at Wilson Central High School in Lebanon and in 2006, he was named head coach at Cumberland University. In seven seasons, his Bulldog teams posted a 41-33 overall record and in the past three years, Alexander led Cumberland to a combined 23-9 overall record.
Cumberland posted an 8-3 record in 2010, just the third eight-win campaign in school history since the program was revived in 1990. The Bulldogs were ranked in the NAIA Top 25 in eight of the 10 regular season polls, reaching as high as 16th in the nation. CU won eight of nine games with only an overtime loss before falling in the season finale and just missing the NAIA playoffs. Alexander was named the NAIA Region I Coach of the Year and also the Tennessee Sportswriters Association Coach of the Year.
In 2011 CU won six straight and was ranked as high as 14th nationally before dropping the last two games of the year and just missing the NAIA playoffs for the second straight season. The team finished with seven victories, setting the mark for the most victories in a two-year span (15) and tying the record for wins during a four-year period (26) in program history.
The Bulldogs again registered an 8-3 mark last fall, ranking as high as No. 16 in the nation. The squad tied for the second most wins in a season and set records for most victories in a three-year (23) and four-year span (28). His squad ranked fourth nationally in rushing offense per game (269.7).
Dewayne and his wife Angela, have four children -- son Hayden (18), daughter Kate (12) and twin sons Ross and John (10).