Jackie Alexander joined the ETSU women’s basketball program in April of 2021. She spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky University.
Alexander was part of rebuilding the program at EKU. During the 2019-2020 season, EKU finished with the fourth best single season turn-around in NCAA Division 1, increasing the win total by 10 games. While at EKU, Alexander was in charge of recruiting coordination, on-court instruction, and managed operational tasks including equipment and team travel. With the team's successes in the season, Alexander was nominated to the WBCA's (Women's Basketball Coaching Association) 30 under Thirty in 2021.
She spent the 2018-19 season as the director of operations at the University at Albany. While at Albany, Alexander also served as an interim assistant coach from August to November 2018. During that time, she assisted in creating practice plans, conducted on-court instruction, held individual workouts with the guards and managed academics.
Alexander got her start in college basketball during the 2017-2018 season as the video coordinator for the United States Air Force Academy in the Mountain West Conference. Alexander’s experience also includes a stint as an assistant girls’ basketball coach (2015-17) at Northwest High School in Clarksville, Tennessee and as an assistant coach with NBA Veteran, Trent Hassel and the Clarksville SOL AAU team (2015-17).
The Brodhead, Kentucky native spent one season at Army West Point (2010-11) before transferring to the University of the Cumberlands where she was a three-year letter-winner on the women’s basketball team, a team captain as a junior and a senior, a two-time All-Mid South Conference selection and a two-time NAIA Academic All-American. During her high school career she was a 1,000-point scorer at Rockcastle County High School and played in the Kentucky/Indiana All-Star series in 2010.
Alexander received a bachelor’s degree in biology, with minors in Spanish and military science, from the University of the Cumberlands in 2014. She was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant through Army ROTC into the United States Army upon her graduation.
Alexander was an active duty Army officer from 2014 to June of 2017, reaching the rank of captain. She served at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and deployed to Iraq in 2016.