Jackie Alexander joined the ETSU women’s basketball program in April of 2021. She enters her third season in 2023-24.
In just her second season with the program, ETSU enjoyed the largest turnaround in NCAA Division I Women's Basketball. The program went from a 6-22 record in the 2021-22 season to a 25-10 record in 2022-23 for a 19-win improvement. The improvement is the seventh-best turnaround in NCAA women's basketball history. Alexander also aided ETSU in setting new school records for wins in a season (25) and non-conference wins in a season (13), winning the program's first postseason game since 1995 with two wins in the Women's Basketball Invitational, as well as the team's first College Insider Top 25 Mid-Major ranking since 2010. The Bucs were either ranked or receiving votes for 10 straight weeks (Dec. 20, 2022 - Feb. 21, 2023) and were ranked for three of those (Dec. 27, 2022 - Jan. 10, 2023) with Alexander on staff.
Also with Alexander's assistance, ETSU set school records for made three-pointers in a single season (228), best margin of victory (69), fewest points allowed in a game (26), fewest points combined (75) in a 44-31 win over Vanderbilt, as well as the single-game three-pointers made record in a win over SoCon regular season champion Wofford (16).
Prior to ETSU, Alexander spent 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.
Off the court, Alexander was selected to participate in the prestigious TopConnect Basketball Symposium in Orlando, Fla. at the 2023 NACDA Convention.
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.