Alexander Durley

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Alexander Durley
Sport(s) Football
Playing career
1931–1935 Texas College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1942–1948 Texas College
1949–1964 Texas Southern
1969–1970 Prairie View A&M
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1949–1964 Texas Southern
Head coaching record
Overall 154–80–17

Alexander Durley was an American college football coach, college athletics administrator, and mathematics professor. He served as the head football coach at Texas College from 1942 to 1948, at Texas Southern University from 1949 to 1964, and at Prairie View A&M University from 1969 to 1970. He was inducted into the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in 1992.


Durley was the head football coach at Texas College from 1942 to 1948, compiling a record of 45–15–18.[1] From 1949 to 1964, Durley was head football coach and director of athletics at Texas Southern University. His coaching record there was 101–55–7. In their second year in the Midwest Athletic Association, Texas Southern went undefeated; in 1952 they beat Prairie View A&M in the Prairie View Bowl to win the black college football national championship;[2][3] in their first season in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, 1958–1959, they shared the league championship with Wiley College.[2][4] He was also a mathematics professor at TSU.[4]

Durley was also the tenth head football coach at Prairie View A&M University for two seasons, from 1969 to 1970. His coaching record at Prairie View was 8–10–1.[5][6] His overall coaching record was 109–65–9 over 16 seasons.[2]


In 1992 Durley was inducted into the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame.[2][7] The Alexander Durley Sports Complex at TSU is named for him.[2]


  1. ^ "Durley Making Coaching Comeback at Prairie View". Pittsburgh Courier. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. August 9, 1969. p. 14. Retrieved November 2, 2016 – via open access publication – free to read. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Nineteen Inducted into SWAC Hall of Fame". Winston-Salem Chronicle Black College Sports Review. June 18, 1992. p. 12. 
  3. ^ Lloyd C. A. Wells (November 19, 1992). "The Judge Says". San Antonio Register. p. 2. 
  4. ^ a b Honor Warren Wells (July 15, 2009). "A Tale of Texas Tigers: A Tribute to Alexander Durley". The Torch – via Bleacher 
  5. ^ "Prairie View A&M University coaching records". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on January 7, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Prairie View Agricultural & Mechanical University Directory". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame Classes". Southwestern Athletic Conference. Retrieved November 1, 2016. 

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