Charles Alexander comes to Missouri Southern after two seasons at Division II East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He will be responsible for coaching the defensive backs, as well as being the recruiting coordinator at Missouri Southern.
Alexander spent two seasons at ESU where he coached the defensive line. In 2013, the Warriors' defensive line recorded 75 tackles for a loss of 300 yards. They had 32 sacks for 190 yards lost and the team had 12 fumble recoveries for a loss of 43 yards with 14 quarterback hurries.
In his first season at ESU, the Warriors led the PSAC and were tied for ninth in NCAA Division II with 3.0 sacks per game (30 in 10 games). Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Bryan Thomson was named PSAC East Defensive Player of the Year, was a consensus first team All-Region selection and named to the Football Gazette All-America third team.
Prior to ESU, Alexander coached for seven years. He helped Lehigh to the Patriot League championship, NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs and Lambert Cup in 2011. He coached the team’s safeties, including an All-Conference safety, as well as the defensive backfield and served as the video coordinator.
Alexander worked at Gettysburg College for three years, from 2008-10, as the defensive backs coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach. He spent 2007 as an assistant defensive line and film coach at Division I FCS Villanova.
Prior to that, Alexander was the offensive graduate assistant at Clarion in 2005 and 2006, working with the running backs and tight ends while recruiting western Pennsylvania and Ohio. He helped an All-Conference and All-Region tight end in his tenure at the school.
A native of Newark, Ohio, Alexander was an All-Region tight end before playing two years at Butler University in Indianapolis. He transferred to Ohio State University, where he earned a bachelor’s in Education while majoring in Sport and Leisure Studies in 2002. He earned his Master’s degree in Education from Clarion in 2006.
Alexander served as an assistant coach at Newark High School in 2004 and was the volunteer defensive coordinator at Wilson Middle School in Newark in 2002 before embarking on college coaching.
Alexander was married to the former Milinda Meade on July 18, 2014 and the couple reside in Webb City. They had their first child, Carson Reis on June 1, 2015.