MONMOUTH, Ill. – Neil Alexander (’76), who followed his stellar basketball career at Monmouth College with a distinguished coaching career in the high school ranks, has been named one of eight finalists for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year award.
Named to Monmouth M Club Hall of Fame in 1998, Alexander is one of just eight high school boys’ basketball coaches nationwide to be named a finalist for the NHSACA award. He racked up more than 800 coaching wins in the Illinois high school ranks during stops at Westmer, Yorkwood, Bushnell-Prairie City and his current school, Lincoln. His 821 victories ranks him in the top five all-time among the state’s high school coaches. He is one of just six Illinois coaches and administrators named as finalists from the association’s nearly 20 eligible categories.
As a student-athlete at Monmouth, Alexander etched his name in the record books with 1,239 points, ninth-most in program history, and his 692 rebounds ranks third. A 6-foot-3 forward, Alexander helped the Scots to a conference title in the 1973-74 season with a 13-1 record, culminating in an NCAA Tournament berth, at the time just the second NCAA appearance in program history.
The NHSACA award recognizes coaches based solely on their high school records. College coaches are not eligible for the award. The winner will be announced in June at the group’s national convention in Bismarck, N.D.