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In the Mississippi Valley,
In the Crescent Bend
Stands our loved and noble Xavier,
Far her praises send.
Wave her colors bear them onward
Gold and white so true
Hail to thee, all hail, dear Xavier
Hail, all hail, X.U.!
Xavier, ever be our guide
And lead us on the way,
Through life's journey, onward, upward
To the eternal day. (Refrain)
Xavier to honor Alexander, Joseph-Richard
at Allstate Sugar Bowl Crosstown Classic
February 18, 2010
NEW ORLEANS — Two of Xavier University of Louisiana's
greatest basketball coaches, Denny Alexander and Janice Joseph-Richard, will
be honored Saturday night during the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crosstown Classic at
Alexander and Joseph-Richard (last name pronounced REE-shard)
will be honored between games of the Xavier-Dillard basketball doubleheader. The women's game will start
at 5 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7. The doubleheader venue recently was moved
from New Orleans Arena to The Barn.
Alexander coached the Gold Rush to five 20-win seasons
and a 212-129 record in 12 seasons at Xavier (1978-90). His 1981-82 team won the first Gulf Coast
Athletic Conference regular-season championship and set a school record for consecutive
victories in a season, 29. His Xavier teams were 71-11 in conference during the first six
seasons of the GCAC, winning the regular-season championship three times and
finishing second the other three years. His teams qualified for the 1981 and
1982 NAIA National Championships.
Alexander also served as Xavier's director of athletics,
as chairman of the NAIA District 30 men's basketball committee and as a rater/voter
on the NAIA men's basketball national poll.
Joseph-Richard was a four-time GCAC Coach of the Year, and
her teams won a school-record 82.4 percent of their games during her six seasons
(1992-98). The Gold Nuggets were 159-34 during that time, winning five GCAC regular-season
championships and five GCAC Tournament championships. Counting regular-season and tournament
competition, the Gold Nuggets won their final 28 games against GCAC opponents.
"Coach Alexander and Coach Joseph-Richard are the epitome
of class," said Xavier men's basketball coach Dannton Jackson, who played for Alexander and was
Joseph-Richard's assistant coach for five seasons. "They both made a tremendous
impact on the success of Xavier student-athletes and Xavier athletics, and they
raised the bar for future Xavier coaches."
Alexander, a graduate of Aquinas (Mich.) College and Central Michigan University,
is an administrator for Roseville Community Schools in the suburbs of Detroit. He also was a head
coach at Shepherd University in West Virginia. Joseph-Richard is in her third season as women's
basketball head coach at her alma mater, Louisiana College. Her team is ranked among the top 25 in NCAA Division III and
clinched the American Southwest Conference East Division championship this week. She
also was a head coach at San Jose State University in California.
The ceremony honoring Alexander and Joseph-Richard will be the
highlight of Rush/Nuggets Alumni Weekend, which is being held in conjunction with
the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crosstown Classic.
General admission tickets for the Allstate Sugar Bowl
Crosstown Classic cost $10. Tickets for children younger than 12 cost $3.
No tickets will be sold Saturday unless there is available seating.
The Xavier-Dillard men's basketball series dates to January 1948 and is the oldest college
basketball rivalry involving two New Orleans teams.