Skyhawk Men's Basketball | Alex Ireland - Assistant Coach
Alex Ireland is in his first season as an assistant coach at UT Martin.
Ireland comes to the Skyhawks from Alcorn State, where he was an assistant coach for Montez Robinson in 2015-16. He helped the Braves to the program’s best season since 2002, as Alcorn State went 15-15 overall. The Braves compiled a 13-5 Southwestern Athletic Conference mark, which was good enough for second place in the league standings.
Prior to Ireland’s stint at Alcorn State, he spent two years as a graduate assistant for Mike Helfer at Valdosta State. His duties included overseeing post players, scouting opponents, serving as academic liaison, recruiting and film exchange. He helped the Blazers post a 16-11 record in 2013-14.
Ireland began his collegiate coaching career at Kennesaw State, where he was a student assistant from 2007-11 before transitioning into a video coordinator in 2011-12. He followed that with a season at North Cobb Christian School in Kennesaw, Ga., as he helped the team post a 25-5 record on its way to the Elite 8 of the state tournament. Ireland also helped the squad produce five Division-I signees.
In Ireland's coaching career, he has served as an academic coordinator at both Alcorn State and Valdosta State. He helped Alcorn State raise its team Grade Point Average by 0.74 points while mentoring five student-athletes with at least a 3.0 GPA. At Valdosta State, he helped the team achieve its highest single-term GPA in nine years.
A Suwanee, Ga. native, Ireland attended Collins Hill High School before graduating from Kennesaw State with a bachelor's degree in American history in 2012. He also earned his Master's degree in higher education leadership from Valdosta State in 2014.