CLARK TABS LEGENDARY COACH TO FILL MEN'S BASKETBALL STAFF

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball head coach Perry Clark has named former South Carolina State and Tennessee State head coach Cy Alexander as his new associate head coach.

"To have a coach the caliber of Cy Alexander to join our staff says a lot about our program," said Islander head coach Perry Clark. "He brings a tremendous amount of experience to the team and is a proven winner. Cy also brings new energy and a passion for the game. His work ethic on the court and as a recruiter is second to none."

Alexander, who most recently served as the head coach at Tennessee State University, has 24 years of head coaching experience and has a career record of 344-306. In six seasons with the Tigers, he led the team to a 67-107 mark. He capped the 2007-08 season by leading the Tigers to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship game in 2008. It was the first time the Tigers had reached the tournament finals since 1998.

Prior to taking over the Tiger program, Alexander spent 16 seasons at South Carolina State University. In Orangeburg, S.C., he led the Bulldogs to five seasons of 20-plus wins. During his tenure, Alexander directed the Bulldogs to five NCAA Tournaments and five MEAC championships. He posted a 277-202 won-loss record, making him the winningest coach in MEAC and South Carolina State University history, as the Bulldogs finished first or second in the MEAC in all but one of his final 12 seasons. The program was named the American Sports Wire Black College National Champions three times (1996, 1998, and 2000) under Alexander's guidance.

"I am really excited about the chance to join the program," said Alexander. "I am extremely appreciative of the opportunity that Coach Clark has given to me. I believe this program is ready to take the next step and I am ready to work hard to help them get there."

Alexander replaces former Islander associate head coach Billy Garrett, who recently accepted a position at DePaul.