Wednesday, May 23, 2007

KANSAS CITY, MO. (May 23, 2007) - Tennessee State University's Cy Alexander and Lorenzo Romar of the University of Washington have been elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Alexander and Romar fill positions on the board previously held by outgoing president Oliver Purnell of Clemson University and Dick Davey of Santa Clara University.

Alexander is in his fifth year as head coach at Tennessee State after 16 seasons at South Carolina State. His teams have an overall 20-year record of 323-270. Alexander, who has a B.S. degree from Catawba College and a M.S. degree from Howard University, turned the South Carolina State program around after taking over in 1987. He led the Bulldogs to five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament titles and his team finished in the top two in the conference in every season except 1991.

The Tigers also earned five berths in the NCAA tournament. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native was named MEAC Coach of the Year three times. Alexander is a member of the Black Coaches Association, and serves on the NABC Recruiting Committee and on the NCAA Basketball Tournament East Regional Advisory Committee. About the National Association of Basketball Coaches Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches.

All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.