Davidson Academy does not go far for new football coach

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 6:14pm

Long-time Davidson Academy assistant Bill Alexander has been named head football coach at the school, athletic director Kevin LeGate announced Thursday.

Alexander follows Paul Wade, who resigned recently after six years and accepted a position as associate head coach at Ensworth High. Alexander has served for 16 years at DA – mostly as line coach – under three head coaches.

“After interviewing several outstanding candidates, we are excited to have someone of Bill Alexander’s football knowledge, experience and integrity,” LeGate said. “I am confident he will continue the winning tradition of our school.”

Alexander previously was head coach at Watertown High in Wilson County for two years.

“This is an opportunity for Bill to grow professionally,” Wade, who guided the Bears to three state championships, said. “I am confident he will continue the winning tradition we established the last six years.”

Glencliff volleyball star Mingo signs with Martin

Glencliff High outside hitter Audrehona (Cupcake) Mingo will sign noon, Friday to play volleyball at Martin Methodist.

Mingo was one of the top attackers for Glencliff, a perennial District 12-AAA in recent years. She was named all-district and all-region the past two years.

“Martin’s coach Rose Powell is one of the foremost coaches of power volleyball, and I am excited to get the chance to play for her,” Mingo, who also was recruited by Jackson State, Morgan State and Fisk, said. “She has extensive international experience.”

Earlier, guard Akia Jones, who helped Glencliff’s girls basketball team reach the region finals and AAA sectionals, signed to play with Walters State.

Ryan to host Harmony for Haiti concert Wednesday

Father Ryan will host a Harmony for Haiti concert at the Amphitheatre 5-7 p.m. on April 28. The event is free, but the school will collect donations for the victims of the recent Haiti earthquakes through Catholic Relief Services. For more info, contact Frederick Strobel of Burgundy Group Advertising, 627-1451.

Former Maplewood coach Bodenhamer resigns at Liberty

Liberty Tech boys basketball coach Arnett Bodenhamer, who formerly coached at Maplewood High, has resigned after guiding the Crusaders to the Class AA state finals before they lost to Bolivar. Liberty beat Maplewood in the state semis. It was his only season at the Jackson, Tenn., school.

BGA baseball sets Benefit Night

Battle Ground Academy baseball coach Brad Myers has announced the team is holding Madelyn’s Night Friday when BGA hosts Ryan for a twin bill in Franklin, beginning at 5 p.m. Madelyn is the three-year-old daughter of Alex and Amy Gregg, both BGA grads who was diagnosed with leukemia last October. A $5 charge will include an admission to the game and dinner with all proceeds going to Team Dolly, the benefit team.