With the WIAA State Tournament starting this week in Tacoma, the Facts will be spotlighting a local coach as he prepares his team for the tournament. Today our focus will be Corey Alexander Head Coach of Todd Beamer in Federal Way.
For Todd Beamer ( 23-2) Head Coach Corey Alexander this years WIAA 4 A Girls Hardwood classic is a matter of finishing some unfinished business from last years tournament. While the razor focused coach did not come out and say that, it’s a safe bet that Todd Beamer’s goal is to hoist this years trophy after last years heartbreaking semi final two point loss to eventual state Champion Gonzaga prep.
” We worked out butts off last year and yes it was a heart breaking loss for us , but what I was most proud of was how our girls came back, regrouped and won the next game against ( by two points) against Moses Lake for third place, Alexander said of last year tournament.”
2016 Tournament outlook:
Alexander believes his team is peaking at the right time, “Every game we have grown this season, our two losses were to top ranked 3A schools, Lynnwood and Bellevue and we learned from those mistakes. I really feel like we worked hard once again and are peaking at the right time.”
The Alexander Way:
“I believe defense wins games, I believe in team defense, offense can come and go, you can go into gym before the game and hit 30 shots and come game time you cannot hit the rim. That’s why defense is important and always there. I like to switch it up when playing defense we are known for our full man to man pressure but it does not mean we will not zone you or half court pressure you. In order to play multiple defenses our players have to know their angles, rotation, talk on defense, there are a lot of moving parts.” I believe in a strong work ethic on and off the court.”
Why or how did you get into coaching?
“My daughter Nia was playing AAU and some the parents asked me to help coach and that led to a Junior Varsity job and Auburn Riverside and eventually the head coaching job at Todd Beamer High School. I believe in being a sponge when it come to watching basketball games. Looking at plays, situations and see how they can apply to our philosophy. It is always about learning and growing.”
How coaching impacts the kids at school:
“I try to stay positive and give them life lessons learned, I learned from the Late Night Program and other youth positions I have held. It is really about how you carry yourself and how you relate to the kids. building trust with them is important because once you have that you are able to help them change their lives.”
Did You Know:
Diane Alexander, Corey’s wife is Assistant Head Coach of the Varsity team and she played at the University of Washington and overseas as a professional basketball player. The Alexanders daughter Nia Alexander is captain of the team and has been awarded a scholarship to play at the University of San Francisco.
Todd Beamers first game is Thursday March 3rd at 2.p.m vs Skyview (20-4) .