Alcorn State adds HBCU legend to basketball coaching staff – The Vicksburg Post

LORMAN — Alcorn State has added a respected veteran to its basketball bench.

The university announced Tuesday that Cyrus “Cy” Alexander has joined the men’s basketball team as an assistant coach. Alexander won nearly 400 games in 26 seasons as the head coach of South Carolina State, Tennessee State and North Carolina A&T.

Alexander’s teams have made six NCAA Tournament appearances.

“Cy is a veteran coach that I’m thrilled to have on my team,” Alcorn State head coach Landon Bussie said. “I know I can learn from him and become a better head coach just by having him on the program. He brings us so much, and I can’t say enough good things about him.

Alexander began his career by spending 11 years as an assistant at Howard University. He got his first head coaching job at South Carolina State in 1987 and led the Bulldogs to the MEAC Championship and NCAA Tournament in his second season.

Prior to Alexander’s arrival in Orangeburg, the school had only won one MEAC regular season title and reached only one MEAC tournament final. However, under Alexander’s leadership, the Bulldogs advanced to the MEAC Tournament Finals seven times, winning five championships.

He remained at South Carolina State until 2003, when he moved to Tennessee State for six seasons and then to North Carolina’s A&T for four more.

He led North Carolina A&T to the NCAA Tournament in 2013, where the Aggies defeated Liberty in the first four before losing to eventual national champion Louisville in the next round. It was North Carolina A&T’s first 20-win season in 25 years.

Alexander resigned at the end of the 2016 season. He returned to practice in 2020 as a special assistant at Tennessee State, where he was on staff for one of his former players Brian Collins.

“Cy Alexander is big in the coaching community, and even more so in the HBCU coaching world,” Bussie said. “I got to hang out with him recently, and I just listened to how he spoke. I was high on him, and made it my goal to get him on our program here at Alcorn State.

Alexander is the second recent addition to Alcorn’s men’s basketball coaching staff. Last week it was announced that Ben Mandelbaum had been hired as an assistant.

Mandelbaum spent the previous two seasons as the associate head coach of the men’s Division II team at Lander University in South Carolina.

“I think Benjamin Mandelbaum is an energetic young man who is excited and eager to be an assistant coach at the Division I level,” Bussie said. “Our plans are for him to come to the door and help recruit this program. He has a bright future and I’m confident he’ll fit right in with the team and improve the Braves program in the future. coming.

Bussie was excited about the new additions, as well as how they can help take Alcorn to the next level. The Braves finished 17-17 last season, won the Southwestern Athletic Conference regular season championship and Bussie was the league’s coach of the year.

“I know after the success we had last season, we can overcome the hurdle of the SWAC tournament with someone like Cy Alexander on our team,” Bussie continued. “He’s a legend in the HBCU community, and he knows how to win.”

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