Alexander coached at Stony Brook for 32 years and left a mark on thousands of student-athletes
Stony Brook Athletics honors the incredible 2011-12 season and its student-athletes.
Dave Alexander, affectionately known as Coach Dave, arrived at Stony Brook in 1979 as the university's first-ever women's swimming and diving coach. Working alongside men's coach John DeMarie, Alexander quickly put the women's program on the map and established Stony Brook as a competitive presence in the Northeast. In 1995, DeMarie passed the men's torch to Alexander, who went on to oversee both programs until 2012, when Coach Dave passed away at the age of 62 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
During his tenure, Alexander won more than 300 meets and produced over 100 All-Conference swimmers, four All-Americans and more than 20 NCAA Championship qualifiers. Alexander also totaled seven seasons with ten or more victories with the women's team.
After taking over the men's team in 1995, it took Alexander only three seasons to lead the program to its first Division I/II MET Conference title. His best overall season with the men's program was in 1998-99, when he guided the Seawolves to a 10-6 mark.
Alexander was named the Metropolitan Conference's Division I/II Men's Coach of the Year three times (1991, 1996 and 1998) and was named the MET Women's Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year by his peers in 1991. Led by Alexander, Stony Brook was honored as the America East Coaching Staff of the year in 2005-06. Alexander also earned Stony Brook Female Athletics Coach of the Year honors on two occasions.
A 1970 graduate of SUNY-New Paltz, Alexander earned his master's degree from Adelphi University in 1974. Alexander is survived by his wife, Moira, and four daughters, Allison, Erin, Kate and Molly.