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Mike Alexander Named Head Football Coach of Marcus Marauders

Alexander was most recently the head coach at Grapevine.

Lewisville ISD announced on March 10 the appointment of Mike Alexander as the new head football coach and athletic coordinator at Marcus High School. Alexander currently serves as the head coach at Grapevine High School, a position he has held for the last six seasons.

Alexander takes over for recently-retired Kevin Atkinson, who coached the Marauders for the last six seasons. Alexander takes the reins of a successful and tradition-rich Marauder program that has reached the postseason the last four seasons and won at least eight games in three of the last four years. Most recently, Marcus advanced to the regional semifinals in 2019 and went undefeated in the regular season in 2020. In the program’s 36-year history, Marcus has been to the postseason 22 times, including a pair of state championship games where they won the 1997 5A state championship.

“I am so thankful and thrilled to be the next head football coach at Marcus High School and join the Lewisville ISD community,” Alexander said. “I look forward to continuing the success and tradition that Marcus is known for and getting to work with a great group of student-athletes. I can’t wait to get to Marcus and be involved in this outstanding community that supports all of its students and the school.”

With 24 years of coaching and education experience, Alexander has been the head coach and athletic coordinator at 5A Grapevine High School since 2017. In his six seasons leading the Mustangs, the five-time district coach of the year amassed a 56-19 record, won four district championships and advanced to the UIL playoffs five times. A Tom Landry North Texas Coach of the Year recipient in 2022, Alexander guided the Mustangs to the 5A regional semifinals four times, including the last three seasons.

“Coach Alexander is known as an exceptional coach, person and program-leader,” LISD Athletic Director Cristie Liles said. “Coach Alexander brings a wealth of experience with him to Marcus and has a history of coaching winning programs and building relationships with his players, staff, parents, and community members. We are excited about the future of the Marcus football program under Coach Alexander’s direction.”

Prior to becoming the head coach at Grapevine, Alexander was the Mustangs’ defensive coordinator for two seasons where he coached the top-ranked 5A defense in the Metroplex, giving up only 10.9 points per game. Alexander’s first head coaching job came at Mount Vernon High School from 2011-14 where he was also the school’s athletic director. While at Mount Vernon, Alexander was selected as the head coach of the FCA Heart of a Champion Bowl all-star game in 2014. A lifelong defensive coach, Alexander has also spent time at Rockwall as the defensive coordinator, Abilene as the defensive backs coach, and Lakeview Centennial, where he coached linebackers.

“Marcus High School is getting a tremendous leader  in Coach Alexander,” MHS Principal Will Skelton said. “His accomplishments on and off the field speak to the kind of coach and person he is. We are excited to name Coach Mike Alexander head coach of the Marauder football team and we look forward to the positive impact he will make on the lives of our student athletes.”

A native of Rockwall, Texas, Alexander graduated from Arkansas Tech University where he was a four-year football letterman and two-time all-conference selection. Alexander and his wife, Mandy, have four children: Austin, Ava, Aubrey, and Ainsley.

Marcus High School is a Lewisville Independent School District high school in Flower Mound, Texas, serving all Marauders with engaging educational experiences, strong traditions, storied extracurriculars and future-ready opportunities. Follow MHS on Facebook and Twitter to see more throughout the school year. Join the Lewisville ISD family by enrolling today, or visit Best Schools in Texas to learn more.