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Illinois Basketball’s Geoff Alexander promoted to assistant coach

Alexander has spent the past four seasons as an assistant to the head coach.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 25 Nebraska at Illinois Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

After serving as an assistant to head coach Brad Underwood the past four seasons, Geoff Alexander was promoted to assistant coach on Friday.

“Geoff has more than earned this opportunity; he has been an integral part of the everyday operation of our program these past four years during a period of tremendous growth and success,” Underwood said in a statement. “He has countless connections throughout his home state of Illinois and extensive recruiting experience across the country and internationally from his previous stops. I’ve always said that Geoff is a student of the game. That love and passion he has for basketball comes through in his coaching. He has great relationships with our players and familiarity with our systems, making this a very smooth transition.”

Prior to joining the Illinois staff in 2017, he served as an assistant at the University of Evansville for five years.

Alexander has also made previous stops at Eastern Illinois and Idaho State. He played for Underwood at Western Illinois for two seasons and also spent three years on Underwood’s coaching staff at Daytona State College from 2004-06.

“Geoff and I have a long history together dating back to our days at Western Illinois and Daytona Beach,” Underwood said. “He has great familiarity with me and our system, and being from Lincoln and playing and recruiting this state, he has connections with coaches and programs throughout Illinois. Most importantly, Geoff is a great basketball mind.”