Detroit hires Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander

Friday April 22nd, 2016

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Detroit has hired Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander as its next head coach, the school announced Friday.

Alexander replaces Ray McCallum, who was fired in March after compiling a 130-132 record in eight seasons.

"Our program is going to be built on five core values," Alexander, 39, said at his introductory press conference Friday morning. "Those core values are unity, perseverance, appreciation, integrity and diligence."

Alexander played two seasons at Detroit, serving as the team's co-captain and helping the Titans to NCAA tournament second round appearances in 1998 and 1999. After a playing stint with the Harlem Globetrotters, he returned to Detroit as an assistant coach from 2001 to 2007 before moving on to positions at Ohio, Western Michigan and Michigan.

"I've been waiting on that question for 15 seasons," Alexander said when asked about returning to the program. "One of the things I talked to my family about privately is timing. A lot of times you have to prepare for these moments. Youthful exuberance takes over, and you think you're ready. But preparedness is just as vital."

Alexander is the second Michigan assistant to leave John Beilein's staff this off-season for a head coaching position in the Horizon League. Milwaukee hired LaVall Jordan two weeks ago.

Detroit posted a 16-15 record last season and finished sixth in the Horizon League. The Titans are slated to return four starters including all-conference guard/forward Paris Bass.

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