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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 The Barn.
     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.

      Denny Alexander

Denny Alexander
212-129 in
12 seasons

Janice Joseph-Richard

159-34 in
6 seasons

Allstate Sugar Bowl


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National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis.

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