New offensive coordinator
Former Cumberland football head coach Dewayne Alexander is returning to the program as offensive coordinator, effective this week, as announced by Director of Athletics Ron Pavan Monday morning.
The Hendersonville native served as the head coach at Cumberland from 2006-12, winning a Mid-South Conference West Division championship in 2008. Forty-four of his players earned All-Mid-South Conference honors and 101 were named Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athletes accolades.
Cumberland played for the conference title in 2010, 2011 and 2012 while 39 players were named Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
Twenty players garnered MSC Player of the Week accolades and five were named NAIA National Players of the Week. The club led the nation with 16 NAIA Scholar-Athletes in 2012.
"We are very pleased to have someone with Coach Alexander's experience and knowledge returning to Cumberland," Pavan said. "He has enjoyed success as both an assistant coach and head coach and should be a great asset to head coach Donnie Suber on the offensive side of the ball."
Alexander compiled a 41-33 mark in his seven seasons as head coach, including 23-16 in Mid-South Conference action, taking over a program in 2006 that had won just two games the previous two seasons.
He was named the NAIA Region I Coach of the Year and also the Tennessee Sportswriters Association Coach of the Year in 2010 after leading the program to an 8-3 mark.
"Having an experienced offensive coordinator and a person familiar with our program is a major plus," Suber said. "Having Coach Alexander here for spring practice should also help our team as well."
Alexander spent the last three seasons as Assistant Head Coach Offense at Tennessee Tech, his alma mater, under Watson Brown.
He coached the offensive line with the Eagles, helping Charles Mouton garner Second Team All-OVC recognition this past season and Wesley Sherrill First Team All-OVC selection in 2013.
He earned a bachelor's in Political Science with a minor in English from Tennessee Tech in 1988 and also garnered a master's in Instructional Leadership at TTU in 1998.
While a member of the Golden Eagles football team, Alexander received the team's Hustle Award in 1987.
He returned to Hendersonville High School in 1988 for an eight-year run as football, wrestling and softball coach before serving one year (1997) as assistant principal and athletic director at Jackson County High School.
He returned to Tennessee Tech in the fall of 1997 as running backs coach, serving in that capacity for two seasons.
Alexander became the head football coach and assistant principal at Upperman High School for two years and spent the 2001 season as the offensive coordinator at Gallatin High School before going back to Tennessee Tech once more, this time as the defensive line coach in 2002.
He was named the head coach at Wilson Central High School in 2003 and spent three years at WCHS before being named head coach at Cumberland in 2006.