CHAMPAIGN — Geoff Alexander’s 4 seasons at Illinois as assistant to the top coach is simply a small a part of his lengthy basketball relationship with Brad Underwood. That connection — along with the work Alexander has put up to now 4 seasons — noticed the Lincoln native earn a promotion to assistant coach Friday.
“Geoff has greater than earned this chance; he has been an integral a part of the on a regular basis operation of our program these previous 4 years throughout a interval of great development and success,” Underwood stated. “He has numerous connections all through his dwelling state of Illinois and in depth recruiting expertise throughout the nation and internationally from his earlier stops. I’ve at all times stated that Geoff is a scholar of the sport. That love and keenness he has for basketball comes by way of in his teaching. He has nice relationships with our gamers and familiarity with our techniques, making this a really clean transition.”
Alexander performed for Underwood at Western Illinois within the late Nineteen Nineties when the latter was an assistant coach. Alexander served two seasons as a graduate assistant at WIU. He then hung out as an assistant coach on the junior faculty degree, together with with Underwood at Daytona State School (Fla.), earlier than transferring to the Division I at Idaho State, Japanese Illinois and Evansville.
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