Rex Alexander

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Rex Alexander
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1924-06-01)June 1, 1924
Died March 24, 1982(1982-03-24) (aged 57)
Murray, Kentucky
Alma mater Murray State University 1949
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
?-1954 Murray State (assistant)
1954–1958 Murray State
1958-? Murray State (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 45-54

Rex E. Alexander (June 1, 1924 – March 28, 1982) was a college basketball and tennis coach who was the head coach of the Murray State Racers from 1954 to 1958.[1]

An assistant under Harlan Hodges, Alexander was promoted to head coach in 1954 after Hodges left MSU for Idaho and former North Carolina head coach Tom Scott turned down the job.[2] In his four seasons at Murray State, Alexander had a 45–54 record and no tournament appearances.[1] He was replaced by DePauw University head coach Cal Luther on March 5, 1958, but stayed on as an assistant coach.[3] He was inducted into the Murray State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.[4]

Alexander's son David played basketball at Western Kentucky in 1971.[5] His grandson Troy played for Southern Methodist University.[6]

Alexander was a native of Union County, Kentucky. He died in an automobile accident in 1982.[7]


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  2. ^ "Alexander Named Basketball Coach at Murray State". Chicago Tribune. June 2, 1954. 
  3. ^ "Murray Names Luther". Park City Daily News. March 5, 1958. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
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  5. ^ "Western Cage Signee". Daily News. May 14, 1971. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
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  7. ^ "Rex Alexander". Murray State University Athletics. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 

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