Dewayne Alexander returned to Tech in January 2013 as assistant
head coach, and heads into his second season coaching the offensive
linemen. A former player and coach at Tennessee Tech, he served as
head coach at Cumberland University for seven seasons prior to his
return to Cookeville.
Alexander earned two degrees from Tech and was a four-year member of
the football team and a three-year letterwinner as a defensive lineman. He has been back at Tech twice previously 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 were named NAIA National Scholar-Athletes, while 20 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 runningbacks for two seasons before being named head coach at Upperman High School. 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 his final three years at Cumberland, Alexander led the team to a combined 23-9 overall record. Alexander was named the NAIA Region I Coach of the Year and Tennessee Sportswriters Association Coach of the Year.
Dewayne and his wife, Angela, have four children — son Hayden (19/currently on the Golden Eagle roster ), daughter Kate (13), and twin sons Ross and John (11).