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July 25, 2013

Mark Alexander named as Tribe basketball coach

Former Indian point guard returns home

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JACKSONVILLE —

The Indians have been an East Texas powerhouse for the past four years, making a regional tournament appearence two years ago under former head coach Brent Kelley, who resigned earlier this month to become head coach at Whitehouse. Jacksonville's niche has been its stingy defense, something that has always been an Alexander trademark and something that will continue to be at the forefront.

"There will be a learning curve where I will have to learn the kids and they will have to learn me and that will have to come fast," Alexander said. "....defense and rebounding, in my opionion, are the biggest keys to a basketball game and those are two things that we will focus on. If you can't defend and you can't rebound you really limit your wins."

Taber said that Alexander will also be involved in coaching freshman football. He is expected to start his new job in about two weeks.

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