'Strong foundation laid': Alexander steps down as WHS head football coach

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Waxahachie head football coach Todd Alexander patrols the sideline during a District 11-6A game at DeSoto on Oct. 23. Alexander announced Thursday he is stepping down as head coach, but will remain in WISD in a teaching capacity. A search for a new head coach will begin immediately. Alexander coached the Indians to their first-ever Class 6A playoff berth this past season.

Waxahachie Indians head football coach Todd Alexander announced Thursday his decision to step down from his current role.

“I would like to thank Waxahachie ISD for the opportunity to serve as the head football coach for the past three years,” said Alexander. “It has been an awesome experience working with the young men, the coaching staff, teachers, administrators, and the community of Waxahachie. The support of the administration and staff has been overwhelmingly great.”

Alexander continued, “I believe the football program, as well as all the athletic programs at WISD, have made great strides in the past three years in adapting and competing at the 6A level. There has been a strong foundation laid for the football program, and I strongly believe the future is bright for the Indians. There is no place I know like Waxahachie, and I believe WISD is second to none. There are opportunities for me to continue to serve in this outstanding school district, and that is where my goals lie. I would like to thank the WISD administration and staff for their ongoing support. I will continue to be one of Waxahachie’s biggest fans and wish for continued success for the district and all programs.”

Alexander recently wrapped up his third season as head coach with a trip to the 6A football playoffs. Alexander holds the distinction of being the first coach to take the Indians into 6A play, and his tenure as coach will be remembered for his team’s work ethic, positivity, and desire to succeed. Alexander will remain with Waxahachie ISD, transitioning to a position as a high school teacher.

“Coach Alexander is a great asset to Waxahachie ISD in any role, and we are grateful and excited that he will remain with the district in a position where he can continue to mentor and work with students,” said Dr. Bonny Cain, Waxahachie ISD superintendent. 

Alexander, a Waxahachie native, has been with Waxahachie ISD for more than 20 years, and in that time, he has held several coaching positions and has taught at both the junior high and elementary levels.

“I am proud of Coach Alexander’s tenure as the Waxahachie Indians head football coach,” said Dusty Autrey, Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees president. “Coach Alexander’s strong morals and ethics helped shape many young men and women during his years in Waxahachie ISD. Coach Alexander is leaving WHS football with a strong foundation for years to come. We are excited to have him back in the classroom.”

Alexander was the first graduate of Waxahachie High School and Waxahachie native to be named head coach of the Indians varsity football team. Coach Alexander is a former Indians student athlete and an alum of Tarleton State University.

“Todd Alexander is an exceptional leader of young men, and I appreciate the enormous amount of time and energy he has devoted to his team and school community,” said Greg Reed, Waxahachie ISD athletic director. “Football is fickle, so I do not dwell on game outcomes only; instead, I remember the integrity he modeled and special moments like 42 senior players celebrating a historical 6A playoff berth by pouring Gatorade on his head. Coach Alexander is leaving the Waxahachie Indian football program with a solid foundation and a hunger for continued success.”

A search for the next Indians football head coach will begin immediately. Interested applicants may visit www.wisd.org for more information about the position.