After about 30 years in Quincy, former athletic director, physical education teacher and Quincy football coach Bill “Coach Alex” Alexander has a new zip code.
Alexander, the winningest coach in Quincy High School football history, moved to Arizona to be closer to his grandchildren, although he says he intends to keep rooting for all things Jackrabbit, just from a distance.
Alexander says he and his wife had noodled with the idea of moving to the Grand Canyon state for years, but only pulled the trigger this summer. He sold his house to Rich Tacos owner Ricardo Ruesga, (“on a handshake,” he added) and found a place in Arizona that allows he and his wife to get a lot more grandchhildren time than they did in Quincy. Another round of cardiac troubles for Alexander, who had open-heart bypass surgery in 2015, also played a role in making the decision to be near family.
Alexander, known far and wide as “Coach Alex,” led Bridgeport to a state title in 1988 before moving to Quincy two years later.
With the Jacks, he earned the program’s first-ever playoff berth, and a third-place finish at state in 1992, and the state coach of the year award in 1998. Both of Quincy’s state titles, in baseball in 1998 and in soccer in 2014, happened during Alexander’s tenure as athletic director. He left that post in 2016 before retiring the next year. Kaycie Tuttle replaced him as AD for parts of two years before she resigned due to health reasons
Despite moving to Arizona, he intends to return to Quincy, health willing, for at least one football game this month.
At halftime of the next home game he will be officially inducted into the QHS Wall of Fame at the same time as his son, Scott. He also intends to follow Quincy games online and Seahawks games as well.
“We will miss Quincy but this is what’s best for our family,” he said. “Our house has a room where the grandkids can come and stay, and give my son and his wife a break every now and then,” he said.
Alexander said he will decide in the next few weeks whether to attend his induction ceremony.