Terry Alexander: "1" Last Ride


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Saturday April 6, 2013 was more then just another sunny Saturday to the Jacksonville University family.
That Saturday, JU and the university athletic department retired the number of long-time baseball coach Terry Alexander.
Alexander has spent the past 34 years as part of the Dolphins coaching staff and the last 23 as head coach. In those 23 years, “T.A.” went 713-590-2, winning six conference championships and making 10 regional appearances.
Alexander’s 713 wins are a program record and helped him post five 40-win seasons.
The 2012 season was not the kindest to T.A., but he was able to grab his 700th career win with a 9-2 victory over University of South Florida in Tampa that March. Alexander also saw three of his players get drafted into the MLB.
The Minnesota Twins selected Junior Adam Brett Walker II, A-Sun first team All-Conference honoree, in the third round. Fellow junior and A-Sun first team All-Conference honoree, Dan Gulbransen was selected in the 16th round by the Houston Astros and senior Jonathan Murphy (brother of JU graduate and New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy) was taken three rounds later joining Walker with the Twins.
Alexander played his high school baseball at Lee High School here in Jacksonville. He went on to play college ball at Florida State where he was an outfielder. He was with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization for two years before a back injury ended his playing days.
On November 27, 2012, it was reported that Alexander would be hanging up his JU jersey for the last time at the end of the 2013 season. The news came shortly after the Dolphins had their worst finish under Alexander with an 18-38 record.
Alexander is the longest-tenured and winningest coach in any sport in the history of Jacksonville University.
Alexander has a little over a month left in his final season as the Dolphins head coach. The last regular season home game is scheduled for May 12 at 12p.m.
With his departure, Alexander leaves behind a lasting legacy present in every aspect of the baseball program. Success going forward will have much to do with the blood, sweat and tears dedicated to the university by Terry Alexander.