Austin Alexander is back in the Palmetto State after spending three years at Elon University serving as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
Before joining the Phoenix, Alexander served as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Spartanburg Methodist College for three seasons.
Prior to that stint, he spent one year apiece at Charleston Southern University and James Island High School in Charleston, SC.
Alexander also spent eight summers as a coach with the South Carolina Diamond Devils, an elite AAU team based out of Charleston, SC.
Alexander re-joined the Diamond Devils baseball program as a coach during the summer and fall of 2006-2007. He returned to coach the 18U team in 2008.
All totaled, Alexander has coached and/or signed 63 pitchers and 54 position players that have been selected in the MLB draft, including eight in the 1st Round. He presently has 10 players still playing some form of professional baseball and eleven have reached the Major Leagues. MLB Players
Alexander's recruiting placed two teams in the NJCAA World Series (2001, 2003) while at Spartanburg Methodist and had two nationally recognized recruiting classes at Elon by Collegiate Baseball. His Phoenix also won the 2006 Southern Conference regular season championship and received an at-large bid into an NCAA Regional.
Alexander began as an associate scout with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005-present under Hall of Famer Lon Joyce.
Presiding over Diamond Prospects for the 15th year, Alexander is proud to include that the DP resume now boasts of having all but one out of 67 high school draftees from the Classes of 2007-2019 as alumni of previous events. Overall, 178 event alumni have been drafted... To view alumni, click here.
Starting in 2010, Alexander became a nationally accredited voter for ESPN's Gatorade Athlete of the Year which is celebrated at the ESPY's, this honor came after three seasons of selecting our state's baseball winner.
Alexander graduated from the College of Charleston in 1997 receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications-Mass Media and a minor in Psychology. He also earned an Associate of Arts degree from Spartanburg Methodist in 1995. While at CofC, Alexander also served two years as the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board, reporting directly to the president and athletic director of The College.
Alexander played baseball at Spartanburg Methodist College and the College of Charleston where he set each school’s single-season and career win records as a right-handed pitcher. While each feat has fallen by the wayside recently, he still holds the CofC mark for most innings thrown in one game (10). He also continues to lay claim as being a two-time All-Star and throwing a record 87.1 innings as a member of the Cohocton Red Wings in the New York Collegiate League, still an NCAA summer record.
A little known fact about Alexander, he had a cameo appearance in "Major League 3: Back to the Minors". The movie was filmed in Charleston, SC where he lived at the time. Alexander had three scenes in the movie as an opposing pitcher for the Riverdogs.
Alexander, 45, is an avid baseball fan, historian of the game, collector of the National Pastime plus a huge follower of the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers. But his favorite thing to do is spending time with his family doing whatever they choose. Alexander is also an assistant 11u coach and skipper for the 14u Warriors, a Christian-based baseball ministry in Horry County.
On July 14, 2001, the Spartanburg, SC native married the former Rita Richardson of Conway, SC. The couple are parents of two sons, Nolan who was born on November 2, 2005 and the most recent addition arrived on December 28, 2009, Banks. The Alexander's reside in Myrtle Beach.