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March 21, 2014

Alexander joins ECCC football staff

DECATUR — Dennis Alexander was recently selected an assistant football coach at East Central Community College in Decatur.

Alexander will serve as offensive line coach, announced head coach Ken Karcher.

Prior to joining the ECCC coaching staff, the former University of Alabama football standout served the past year as offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Shades Valley High School in Irondale, Ala.*

Alexander served from 2010-13 as head football coach and head track coach at Bessemer City High School in Bessemer, Ala. He served a brief stint in 2009 as offensive line coach for the semi-pro Birmingham Wildfire.

Alexander began his coaching career as offensive line assistant coach and substitute teacher at Jess Lanier/Bessemer City High School, from 2007-10.

A standout lineman, Alexander played professional football on two teams — first with the NFL's Tennessee Titans in 2004 followed by a stint with Cologne Centurions in the NFL Europe league from March 2005 to December 2006.

Alexander won numerous honors as a member of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide squad from 1999 to 2003. He was named to the Freshman All-American and Freshman All-SEC teams for the 2000 season and received the "Jerry Duncan's Like to Practice Award" the same year.

Alexander served as co-captain in 2002-03 and was awarded the "Paul Crane Most Improved Offensive Lineman Award" for the 2003 campaign.

The Memphis native received a four-year athletic scholarship to attend the University of Alabama following a stellar career at Westwood High School in Memphis, where he received First Team All-Metro, First Team All-State and Second Team All-South honors.

Alexander received a bachelor's degree in family financial planning from the University of Alabama in 2003. He completed additional coursework in 2004.

Alexander is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in kinesiology at the University of Montevallo. He is married to the former Niva King of Columbus. They have three sons, Dennis Alexander III, Javin King and Jemarcus King.

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