2016-17 Football
Donnie Suber
Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Dewayne Alexander
Quarterbacks/Offensive Coordinator
Bobby Brown
Running Backs
Buddy Brown
Defensive Line
Brad Bustle
Offensive Line
Arnold Little
Linebackers
Nathan Luce
Wide Receivers
Scott Murray
Assistant Coach
Cole Peeples
Graduate Assistant
Broc Loveless
Graduate Assistant
Full Roster
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Dewayne Alexander

Dewayne Alexander

Quarterbacks/Offensive Coordinator

Phone (615) 547-1344
Email dalexander@cumberland.edu

Former Cumberland football head coach Dewayne Alexander is returning to the program as offensive coordinator for the 2016 season after spending the last three years at Tennessee Tech.

The Hendersonville, Tenn., native served as the head coach at Cumberland from 2006-12, winning a Mid-South Conference West Division championship in 2008. Forty-four of his players earned All-Mid-South Conference honors and 101 were named Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athletes accolades.

Cumberland played for the conference title in 2010, 2011 and 2012 while 39 players were named Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Twenty players garnered MSC Player of the Week accolades and five were named NAIA National Players of the Week. The club led the nation with 16 NAIA Scholar-Athletes in 2012.

Alexander compiled a 41-33 mark in his seven seasons as head coach, including 23-16 in Mid-South Conference action, taking over a program in 2006 that had won just two games the previous two seasons. He was named the NAIA Region I Coach of the Year and also the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year in 2010 after leading the program to an 8-3 mark.

Cumberland posted an 8-3 record in 2010, just the third eight-win campaign in school history since the program was revived in 1990. The Phoenix were ranked in the NAIA Top 25 in eight of the 10 regular season polls, reaching as high as 16th in the nation. CU won eight of nine games with only an overtime loss before falling in the season finale and just missing the NAIA playoffs. Alexander was named the NAIA Region I Coach of the Year and also the Tennessee Sportswriters Association Coach of the Year.

In 2011 CU won six straight and was ranked as high as 14th nationally before dropping the last two games of the year and just missing the NAIA playoffs for the second straight season. The team finished with seven victories, setting the mark for the most victories in a two-year span (15) and tying the record for wins during a four-year period (26) in program history.

Cumberland registered an 8-3 mark in 2012 as well, starting the year 5-1 and reaching as high as No. 16 in the national poll. The squad dropped two of its next three contests before ending the year with a pair of victories, including a 33-32 overtime triumph at Lindsey Wilson, the second OT win of the campaign for the Phoenix.

Alexander took over a program in 2006 that had won just two games the previous two seasons. The Phoenix posted four victories in his first campaign but struggled in 2007 before winning two of the last three contests of the year.

CU started slow again in 2008 but closed with victories in five of the last seven games, including a 29-26 triumph over 11th-ranked Lambuth University in the season finale, claiming a share of the Mid-South Conference West Division championship. It was the program’s first winning season since 2002. Cumberland suffered through numerous injuries in 2009, especially at quarterback, finishing the year 5-6 but with three one-point defeats.

Alexander spent the last three seasons as Assistant Head Coach-Offense at Tennessee Tech, his alma mater, under Watson Brown. He coached the offensive line with the Eagles, helping Charles Mouton garner Second Team All-OVC recognition in 2015 and Wesley Sherrill First Team All-OVC selection in 2013.

He earned a bachelor’s in Political Science with a minor in English from Tennessee Tech in 1988 and also garnered a master’s in Instructional Leadership at TTU in 1998. While a member of the Golden Eagles football team, Alexander received the team’s Hustle Award in 1987.

He returned to Hendersonville High School in 1988 for an eight-year run as football, wrestling and softball coach before serving one year (1997) as assistant principal and athletic director at Jackson County High School.

He returned to Tennessee Tech in the fall of 1997 as running backs coach, serving in that capacity for two seasons. Alexander became the head football coach and assistant principal at Upperman High School for two years and spent the 2001 season as the offensive coordinator at Gallatin High School before going back to Tennessee Tech once more, this time as the defensive line coach in 2002. He was named the head coach at Wilson Central High School in 2003 and spent three years at WCHS before being named head coach at Cumberland in 2006.

Year Position School

Record

Postseason
2015 Asst. Head Coach-Offense Tennessee Tech

4-7

 
2014 Asst. Head Coach-Offense Tennessee Tech

5-7

 
2013 Asst. Head Coach-Offense Tennessee Tech

5-7

 
2012 Head Coach Cumberland Univ.

8-3

 
2011 Head Coach Cumberland Univ.

7-3

 
2010 Head Coach Cumberland Univ.

8-3

 
2009 Head Coach Cumberland Univ.

5-6

 
2008 Head Coach Cumberland Univ.

6-5

 
2007 Head Coach Cumberland Univ.

3-7

 
2006 Head Coach Cumberland Univ.

4-6

 
2005 Head Coach Wilson Central HS

10-2

TSSAA Second Round
2004 Head Coach Wilson Central HS

6-5

TSSAA First Round
2003 Head Coach Wilson Central HS

3-7

 
2002 Assistant Coach Tennessee Tech

5-7

 
2001 Assistant Coach Gallatin HS

10-3

TSSAA Quarterfinals
2000 Head Coach Upperman HS

7-4

DeKalb County Bowl
1999 Head Coach Upperman HS

5-5

 
1998 Assistant Coach Tennessee Tech

6-5

 
1997 Assistant Coach Tennessee Tech

4-7

 
1996 Asst. Principal/AD Jackson County HS

4-7

TSSAA First Round
1995 Assistant Coach Hendersonville HS

2-8

 
1994 Assistant Coach Hendersonville HS

6-5

 
1993 Assistant Coach Hendersonville HS

3-7

 
1992 Assistant Coach Hendersonville HS

5-5

 
1991 Assistant Coach Hendersonville HS

4-6

 
1990 Assistant Coach Hendersonville HS

7-4

Tullahoma Lions Bowl
1989 Assistant Coach Hendersonville HS

7-3

 
1988 Assistant Coach Hendersonville HS

10-4

TSSAA Semifinals