WAXAHACHIE

For over two decades, Todd Alexander has paid his dues with the Waxahachie Indian football program. He has passed out cleats to junior high student-athletes during the sweltering summer heat, led potent offenses under the Friday night lights and, before ever blowing his first whistle, donned the green and white as a multisport athlete.

It all paid off and the reward is a long time coming.

In a unanimous vote Thursday afternoon, Alexander was approved by the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees to lead the Indian football program into Class 6A. His position as the Waxahachie head football coach is effective immediately.

“My roots run deep in Waxahachie, and I am so proud to continue to serve the district as head football coach,” Alexander said. “I look forward to continuing the great tradition of Waxahachie football as the district moves into 6A.”

Alexander replaces Jon Kitna, who resigned in February.

A source close to the decision to hire Kitna in 2015 stated Alexander, a 1990 Waxahachie High School graduate, was a finalist then.

“Coach Alexander has experience coaching at every level in Waxahachie ISD and has proven himself to be an effective coach who helps students succeed – not only in athletics but in life,” Waxahachie ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn said. “We are fortunate to hire such a positive ambassador for Waxahachie High School and its student-athletes.”

Alexander is the first Waxahachie graduate to be named the head football coach. He was also recommended to the board by Greg Reed, who is the first WHS graduate ('89) to hold the role of athletic director.

“Todd Alexander is a man of the highest character,” Reed stated. “We have made huge strides in our football program over the last several years with an emphasis on academics and character, and we know that coach Alexander is the right person to continue that tradition as we move into 6A.”

Alexander is in his 21st year with Waxahachie ISD, where all but the last two years were spent as a football coach at either the junior high or high school levels. During his time as a football coach, Alexander served as an offensive coordinator and, most recently, the running game coordinator in 2015.

He has spent the last two years out of football and as the head girls' cross country coach, which he guided to the program's first-ever district championship last season.

Alexander also coached for two years in Maypearl ISD before joining his alma mater. He is also a graduate of Tarleton State University.

According to a Waxahachie ISD press release, the search committee was comprised of campus-level and district administrators and coaching staff.

"The process was robust, with many candidates coming in for multiple interviews to enable the committee to make the best decision possible," the release states.

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Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith

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