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Volume 65 Number 3

Alexander aiming to make a difference

by Robert Mack - 2014-12-18

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Chadwick’s new girls’ basketball assistant coach, Moniquee Alexander, has her sights set on educating and changing the lives of young women. Her players look at her with fondness for her large personality, her insistence on strong rebounding, and her passionate philosophizing on basketball as an allegory for life.

“A lot of times in life you’ll win, and a lot of times you’ll lose,” Alexander said. “So how you respond is what really defines you.”

Originally from nearby Harbor City, the 6-foot-6 Alexander attended Narbonne High and finished at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. She played basketball and graduated with a degree in sociology from UCLA in 2010.

Alexander then launched her professional basketball career and traveled the globe, playing for teams in Romania, Thailand, Panama City, Poland and, most recently, Turkey.

Those four years of hard-core hoops and traveling took their toll. “I was playing overseas, though it wasn’t going so well,” she said.

While still abroad, one of her coaches told her about an opening at a small, private high school in the Palos Verdes Peninsula that was looking for a girls’ basketball coach. Seeking a new path in life, Alexander applied for and got the job at Chadwick. She is ecstatic about being here.

“This is a very prestigious school,” Alexander said. Happy to be coaching kids she considers to be at a very high level, Alexander is “proud to be a Dolphin.” Still, she hasn’t set out to be a typical coach at a high-profile school. “I take the time to go out and get to know the girls because when I was in high school, coaches didn’t take the time to get to know me as an individual,” she said.

Alexander has high hopes for a strong season. “Things can get a little tight at Chadwick, academically and socially,” she said. “I hope basketball can be that outlet.”

So far, Alexander is “very pleased” with her players, including those in Middle School.

“The growth that I’ve seen in my players, on and off the court, has let me know this is too legit to leave,” she said.

Alexander looks forward to turning the Chadwick girls’ basketball program around. In the future, she wants to continue motivating young women. She is currently back at UCLA, working on a master’s degree to be a marriage and family therapist. While she sees herself still coaching basketball in the future, Alexander’s work will likely extend beyond sports and into the nonprofit sector.

“When I was 11, my mother died of breast cancer,” she said. “I had a counselor named Amy. She really impacted my life in terms of dealing with death and loss of my mother. You never really get over it, but you learn to live with it.”

Within the next few years, Alexander hopes to start a nonprofit organization that helps young women in sports and other areas of life—just as Amy, the counselor, helped her.

Indeed, Alexander’s benevolent nature shines throughout. When you first walk up to meet her, she’ll stick her hand out politely and say in a surprisingly genuine voice, “Hi, [I’m] Moniquee.”


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