Alexander Announces Retirement After 29 Years at Edgewood

Edgewood head women's soccer coach Tim Alexander has announced his retirement, concluding a 29-year run with the Eagles that saw him start both the men's and women's programs.
Edgewood head women's soccer coach Tim Alexander has announced his retirement, concluding a 29-year run with the Eagles that saw him start both the men's and women's programs.

Release courtesy of Edgewood College athletics communications

MADISON, Wis. – After 29 years with Edgewood College Athletics, where he wore many hats and served many roles, Tim Alexander has announced his retirement from the women's soccer head coaching position, effective immediately.

Alexander came to Edgewood College in 1990 when he started the men's soccer program. A few years later, he started the Women's Soccer team and coached both programs from 1993-2014. On September 18, 2013, he became just the 17th coach in NCAA history to reach 500 wins and he leaves the Eagles with 574 career victories, 331 with the women's program and 243 with the men.

"Tim has been a fixture and gift for Edgewood College," said Eagles Director of Athletics Al Brisack.  Nearly three decades of student-athletes have benefited from his coaching abilities, his compassion and his mentorship.  It was obvious to me the first time I met Tim that he truly loves Edgewood College and its students.  He has been willing to help in any capacity, to make the school better and to provide opportunities for our students. Though the search for our next Women's Soccer Coach will begin immediately, there is no way we will be able to replace Tim and the impact he has had on this community."

During his time with the women's soccer program, Alexander coached two Honorable Mention All-Americans, 19 All-Region performers, seven Conference Player of the Years, eight Conference Freshmen of the Year, and 90 First Team All-Conference selections. He was also named Conference Coach of the Year on 10 different occasions.

Alexander guided the two programs to seven NCAA tournament appearances. The women's team reached the NCAA Tournament three-straight years from 1999-2001 and qualified again during the 2008 season. The men's program added trips to the dance in 1999 and made back-to-back appearances in 2004 and 2005.

Overall, the men's soccer program captured two regular conference championships and five tournament titles. The women's program won 10 regular season titles, including eight-straight from 1994-2001. The women's team also gained seven tournament championships.

Alexander's women's program won double-digit games during 20 of his 26 seasons, including a program-best 20-win campaign in 1998.

"There was a special day… coaching two championship games in one day in different cities," said Alexander. "It was a long day, but it was a gratifying day… seeing that both programs were successful like that was special."

Alexander served Edgewood College in many other roles during his time with the Eagles, including a five-year stint as the head Baseball coach while also spending three years leading the men's tennis team. He also served in an administrative role at one point with the Eagles.

Alexander saw much success in guiding both soccer programs for a long stretch and was the only coach to be named Lake Michigan Conference Coach of the Year in the same year for both men's and women's soccer. He accomplished that feat three times, being named Coach of the Year for both sports in 1994, 1996, and 1999.

The 2013 season where Alexander led both teams to the NACC Tournament Championship game on the same day, goes down as one of many highlights for the long-time Eagles head coach. The men's program reached the tournament title game as the No. 6 seed, while the women's program was the top seed in the league tournament that year.

Alexander looks forward to being able to watch Eagles games moving forward, while he said he will spend his retirement golfing, cooking, and doing many other things.

The coach for the next head coach for Edgewood College Women's Soccer will begin immediately.