Kevin Alexander, a two-time National Lacrosse League champion, joins the defending champion Stealth as director of player development for the 2011 season. This was announced last week when the team re-signed the coaching staff.
Here is part of the release:
Alexander is widely regarded as one of the greatest lacrosse players of all time, and has been in the NLL as a player and coach in the past. He was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1991.
Having the opportunity to bring Kevin Alexander to this team is a great thing for the entire Stealth organization,” said head coach Chris Hall about his friend and fellow Victoria native. “He adds an unbelievable amount of knowledge and expertise and he’s a forward-thinker both on and off the floor.”
One of the most prolific scorers the game has ever seen, Alexander dominated the junior and senior ranks in British Columbia. In his Junior ‘A’ playing career with Victoria and a year in Burnaby, he accumulated 621 points (333g, 288a) in just 91 games, winning the Rookie of the Year Award in 1974 and earning three scoring titles and three first-team All-Star honors. Alexander was named the MVP of the Minto Cup (Junior ‘A’ Championship Tournament) in 1976, when he also set Junior ‘A’ records for most goals (115) and points (217) in a single season.
His senior career is equally as impressive, playing ten WLA seasons with Nanaimo (1977-1978) and Victoria (1979-1986). He was named Rookie of the Year in 1977 and a seven-time WLA All-Star (1978, 1980-1985). He won the WLA scoring title five times (1980-1981, 1983-1985) and was a two-time playoff MVP (1980, 1984). He won two Mann Cup titles with Victoria in 1979 and 1983. His prowess extended to the field game as well, illustrated best by his performance at the 1986 World Championships, where he was named the top midfielder and a member of the All-World Team.
Alexander played two seasons in the NLL (at the time Major Indoor Lacrosse League), winning championships in both seasons as a member of the Buffalo Bandits. He recorded 61 points (47g, 14a) in 19 career games. He went on to become the head coach of the expansion Syracuse Smash in 1998 and returned as an assistant coach for the Calgary Roughnecks (2006-2007) and the Portland Lumberjax (2008-2009).
Alexander is apparently one of Phoenix Suns’ point guard Steve Nash’s favorite athletes of all-time. Here is an article from Canada.com where Nash, a B.C. native, names his five favorite athletes he admired while growing up.