Vince Alexander, among the winningest active coaches in Division II men's basketball and a three-time NABC Regional Coach of the Year, was named Saint Leo's head men's basketball coach on June 3, 2015.
In his first season at the helm, Alexander guided the Lions to a 19-12 record, the most wins by a head coach in their first season at Saint Leo. The Lions also finished fourth in the Sunshine State Conference with a 10-6 record. During the season, Saint Leo topped two Top-15 opponents, taking down No. 12 Alabama-Huntsville in the second game of the season (11/14), 93-90 in overtime. Then in another thriller, the Lions took down No. 10 Eckerd, 87-84 on January 27. Alexander saw three athletes earn All-SSC honors, and one earn both D2CCA and NABC All-Region team honors.
Alexander’s fast style of play saw the Saint Leo offense go from 64.2 points per game in the season prior to an impressive 83.4 points, and improved shooting percentages in both field goals and three-point field goals. The Lions also increased their rebounds per game and assists. The Lions tallied 12 90-plus point games, including a 100-plus game.
On February 6, 2016, Alexander earned this 300th career win in a 93-90 overtime win over Lynn University. He is one of 25 active coaches to have reached the feat all in Division II, while he is one of 78 to have done so all-time to reach 300 in D-II.
Alexander joins the Green and Gold from the University of South Carolina at Aiken, where he led the Pacers for 10 seasons. During that span, Alexander guided USC-Aiken to four Peach Belt Conference regular season championships in 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014, and three of the last six PBC tournament titles.
His most recent PBC tournament championships – back-to-back crowns in 2013 and 2014 – proved to be the springboard for deep runs through the NCAA tournament in both seasons.
Led by PBC Player of the Year Re'mon Nelson, Alexander's 2012-13 squad reached the NCAA Elite 8 and finished the season with a 25-8 record. The Pacers followed up in 2013-14 with a second straight trip to the Elite 8, reaching the 'final four' and finishing with a 33-4 mark, behind performances by PBC Defensive Player of the Year Alvin Brown and Tournament MVP DeVontae Wright.
In 10 seasons at USC-Aiken, Alexander posted a 196-113 (.634) record with six 20-win seasons. A four-time PBC Coach of the Year, he earned NABC Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2008, 2013, and 2014.
Fourteen Pacers coached by Alexander earned All-PBC honors, with a pair of PBC Players of the Year in Chris Commons (2008 & 2009) and Nelson (2013). Four of Alexander's players earned post-season All-America honors, and four were named PBC All-Academic selections.
Prior to his successful stint at USC-Aiken, Alexander spent six seasons at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2005, charting an 89-74 record.
With Alexander at the helm, Mansfield won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Division championship in 2005 with an 18-11 record, 10-2 in PSAC East play. Alexander's 2003-04 squad at Mansfield recorded a 21-7 mark, the first of his seven 20-win campaigns over his 16 seasons as a head coach.
Altogether, Alexander has posted a 304-199 record over his 17 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
Alexander previously served as head boys basketball coach at William Penn High School in York, Pa., as well as Dean of Students for the York City School District from 1995 to 1997, winning a pair of YAIAA championships and the 1997 York County title. He began his coaching career in Oklahoma, earning his first head coaching position at U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City, Okla., and advancing to the Oklahoma Regional Finals in 1995.
Alexander earned his Associate of Arts degree in physical education from Blinn College (Texas) in 1987, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and recreation from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1989. He earned All-Conference and All-Region honors at Blinn, and served as the team captain for two seasons at Oklahoma Baptist.
Alexander and his wife, Anita, have one son, Benjamin, and one daughter, Samantha Denae.