Bacari Alexander
Bacari  Alexander

Position:
Assistant Coach


04/22/2013

2012-13 Michigan Men's Basketball Roster

2012-13 Michigan Men's Basketball Roster

04/08/2013

Behind the Scenes with the Wolverines: NCAA National Championship

Behind the Scenes with the Wolverines: NCAA National Championship

04/05/2013

Behind the Scenes with the Wolverines: NCAA Final Four

Behind the Scenes with the Wolverines: NCAA Final Four

04/05/2013

Final Four Press Conference

Final Four Press Conference

03/28/2013

Behind the Scenes with the Wolverines: NCAA South Regional

Behind the Scenes with the Wolverines: NCAA South Regional

04/03/2013

Assistant Coaches Ready for Final Four

Assistant coaches Bacari Alexander and LaVall Jordan discuss what it means for Michigan to make its first Final Four appearance in 20 years (April 3, 2013).

Bacari Alexander finished his sixth season with the University of Michigan basketball program under head coach John Beilein.

In his six seasons in Ann Arbor, Alexander has helped the Wolverine program to five NCAA Tournament bids (2011, '12, '13, '14 & '16), with a trip to the 2013 Final Four and national title game -- the first for the program in 20 years, followed by a return trip to the Elite Eight in 2014.

U-M averaged 24 wins per season as the Wolverines garnered 143 total during his tenure, including a U-M record tying 31 during the 2012-13 season. Michigan claimed a share of the 2012 Big Ten regular-season title with a 13-5 record -- the first for the program since 1986. The Wolverines just missed claiming a shared of the 2013 conference title after a last second loss in the regular season finale, but won their first outright Big Ten title in 28 years in 2014 with a 15-3 record, winning the league by three games.

Alexander worked and helped eight Wolverine players garner All-Big Ten honors -- Darius Morris (2011), Trey Burke (2012 & '13), Tim Hardaway Jr. (2012 & '13), Nik Stauskas (2014), Caris LeVert (2014), Derrick Walton Jr. (2016) and Zak Irvin (2016). The Wolverines also had back-to-back Big Ten Player of the Years with Burke in 2013 and Stauskas in 2014. In addition Burke went on to be named a consensus National Player of the Year and All-America honors in 2013.

In addition, during Alexander's stint with U-M, six Wolverines reached the NBA: Morris (2011, No. 41 by Los Angeles Lakers), Burke (2013, No. 9 by Utah Jazz), Hardaway (2013, No. 24 by New York Knicks), Stauskas (2014, No. 8 by Sacramento Kings), Mitch McGary (2014, No. 21 by Oklahoma City Thunder) and Glenn Robinson III (2014, No. 40 by Minnesota Timberwolves).

Alexander came to Michigan after spending two seasons at Western Michigan (2008-10). Working with the Broncos' frontcourt players, Alexander helped guide the Broncos to their second-straight MAC West Division championship. Prior to his work with the Broncos, he spent one season at Ohio University (2007-08). Alexander began his coaching career spending six seasons coaching at his alma mater, the University of Detroit (2001-07), under head coach Perry Watson.

As a collegiate player, Alexander spent two seasons at Detroit after transferring from Robert Morris. Alexander started 57 of his 62 games at Detroit, helping the Titans win a pair of Midwestern Collegiate Conference (MCC) regular season championships and secure back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths -- 1998 and 1999. As a senior, Alexander was named to the MCC All-Defensive Team. In two seasons at Robert Morris he played in 55 games and was named to the Northeast Conference All-Newcomer Team in 1995. Alexander prepped at Detroit Southwestern under Larry Pierce.

After graduation, he went to work for the Detroit Pistons as a Player Programs Coordinator before leaving to return to the court as a member of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters for two years.

Alexander came to Michigan after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Western Michigan (2008-10). Working with the Broncos' young group of frontcourt players, Alexander helped guide the Broncos to their second-straight MAC West Division championship in 2009. Before making his way to Western Michigan, Alexander spent one season at Ohio (2007-08) helping the Bobcats finish 20-13 overall and advance to the second round of the inaugural College Basketball Invitational.

Alexander began his coaching career spending six seasons coaching at his alma mater, University of Detroit (2001-07), under head coach Perry Watson. Alexander helped the Titans compile 96 wins in six seasons, including 53 victories in the Horizon League, finishing .500 or better in conference play in five-of-six seasons.

Throughout his coaching career, Alexander has developed over 80 percent of his former front court players to gain opportunities to play professional basketball at various levels.

As a collegiate player, Alexander spent two seasons at Detroit following his transfer from Robert Morris. Alexander started 57 of his 62 games, helping the Titans win back-to-back Midwestern Collegiate Conference (MCC) regular-season championships and secure NCAA Tournament berths -- 1998 and 1999. As a senior, Alexander was named to the MCC All-Defensive Team. Alexander's collegiate career began at Robert Morris where he played in 55 games and was named to the Northeast Conference All-Newcomer Team in 1995.

Alexander received the President's Award as UDM's most outstanding senior student-athlete, and graduated in 1999 with a bachelor's of science in business administration and finance. After graduation, he went to work for the Detroit Pistons as a Player Programs Coordinator, before returning to the court as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. During his two seasons (2000-01), Alexander played basketball in 13 countries, while also directing several camps for the team around the United States.

Additionally, he served as an "Advance Ambassador" for the Globetrotters, performing public relations duties, while making media and school appearances. In 2002, he along with all past and current Globetrotters were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Alexander and his wife, Kesha, have one son, Mekhi.

Career Résumé

Years School Position
2001-07 University of Detroit Assistant Coach
2007-08 Ohio University Assistant Coach
2008-10 Western Michigan University Assistant Coach
2010-present University of Michigan Assistant Coach

Career Breakdown

Year School Record Conf. Finish Postseason
2001-02 Detroit 18-13 11-5 2nd NIT, Opening Round
2002-03 Detroit 18-12 9-7 t-4th -
2003-04 Detroit 19-11 10-6 t-4th -
2004-05 Detroit 14-16 9-7 3rd -
2005-06 Detroit 16-16 8-8 t-3rd -
2006-07 Detroit 11-19 6-10 t-7th -
2007-08 Ohio 20-13 9-7 t-3rd (E) CBI, Second Round
2008-09 Western Michigan 10-21 7-9 t-1st (W) -
2009-10 Western Michigan 18-15 8-8 t-2nd (W) -
2010-11 Michigan 21-14 9-9 t-4th NCAA, Second Round
2011-12 Michigan 24-10 13-5 t-1st NCAA, First Round
2012-13 Michigan 31-8 12-6 t-4th NCAA, National Runner-Up
2013-14 Michigan 28-9 15-3 1st NCAA, Elite Eight
2014-15 Michigan 16-16 8-10 9th --
2015-16 Michigan 23-13 10-8 8th NCAA, First Four & First Round
287-206 144-108

Career Record

Years School Overall Conference Seasons
2001-07 Detroit 96-87 53-43 6
2007-08 Ohio 20-13 9-7 1
2008-10 Western Michigan 28-36 15-17 2
2010-present Michigan 143-70 67-41 6
Totals 287-206 144-108 15


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