Fremont High School – “Green & Gold”

“Alexander knows first hand how bad grades can affect a basketball team and its players.”

May 19th, 2014

Photo by Daquan Wright

MORE THAN A GAME Coach Scot Alexander (front) talks to players Donell Wheat, Malik Candler, Tyronne Gaines and Edward McGowan during a playoff game in March. Although pleased with his team’s athletic performance this year, ‘Coach Scot’ told sophomores in a Media Studies press conference that he wants to raise the bar for academics next year.

Scot Alexander (FHS ’86) wants to start homework program for players

Aide Marquez & Anastasia Tieng
Media Studies

Coach Scot Alexander wants his players to be students first and players second.

“We are going to have better student athletes” next year, he said. Alexander explained this during a press conference in the sophomore Media Studies class on March 18.

Under Alexander’s coaching, the basketball team made it to the state playoffs for the first time in 15 years, but lost to Bellarmine High School on March 13. Had the Tigers advanced, several players were going to be ineligible to play because they had not made a minimum 2.0 GPA for the fourth marking period.

Alexander knows first hand how bad grades can affect a basketball team and its players.

When Alexander was a senior at Fremont in 1986, he was given an opportunity to go to Azusa Pacific University to play basketball after graduation. However, his grades were not good enough for that college, so he went to Los Medanos Community College for two years and then transferred to Chico State University.

At the press conference, Alexander answered more than two dozen questions from students, including “What does your team need for next year?”

Alexander quickly came up with a list.

“We need some more leaders because I am losing three seniors. We need to be held accountable for our academics. I really need student athletes … instead of athletes that pose as students.”

To make sure that his players take academics seriously, Alexander told the Media Studies students that he wants to start a homework program in 2014-2015.

Two of Alexander’s players who were interviewed after the press conference agreed that grades were a problem this year.

Junior Edward McGowan said he had trouble keeping his grades up because classes were boring and teachers were not entertaining enough.

Still, McGowan said he believes Alexander is right that a homework program would help.

“We need two or three homework tutors,” he said.

Senior basketball player Kaelin Mixon said his grades were not much of a problem this year, but that he thinks the idea for more help next year is a good one.

“We do need a tutor so we can be on top of our A game,” said Mixon.

Alexander said he also hopes to keep track of his players in school through his job as a permanent substitute teacher at Fremont.

Alexander said that being on campus as a full-time substitute teacher is a good way to see how his players are doing and to get to know the faculty.

However, there’s a downside to being here all the time, he acknowledged. Alexander said some teachers put pressure on him to turn students on the basketball team around.

“Lord knows I try,” he said.

Alexander hopes that in addition to getting help from a homework program, the basketball team will benefit from some new players who are good students.

“I am bringing in some great people next year,” said Alexander. “Hopefully others will (look at the team and) say, ‘Those are good kids you have.’”

Marquez and Tieng are sophomores in the Media Academy. Their classmate Dhan Flores also contributed.

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