Ave Maria University athletic department is excited to name Alexander Moorehead as the head coach of the Gyrene women’s basketball program.
“I am honored, humbled and blessed beyond measure for the opportunity to lead the Ave Maria women’s basketball program,” Moorehead said. “The Ave Maria community, mission and faith environment is something to truly be admired and God has been tremendously great to my family with this opportunity. We are overjoyed for this next chapter in our lives.”
Moorehead is the third head coach in program history and boasts a wide-range of basketball coaching experience at various levels, including NAIA members Cal State University Maritime and Oklahoma City University.
“Coach Moorehead comes to AMU with a clear set of objectives,” AMU athletic director Joe Patterson said. “It’s clear why he has a winning track record as a head coach. We are excited that he is bringing his philosophy and skills to Ave Maria.”
Prior to Ave, Moorehead served as head women’s basketball coach at Deer Creek High School in Edmond, Okla., where he guided the program to a 70-34 record from 2017-21, including a 22-4 mark during the 2019-20 campaign.
During his time at Deer Creek, Moorehead coached three players who were recognized with McDonald’s All-America status and guided his team to a state tournament berth in 2019-20.
Prior to his tenure at Deer Creek, Moorehead was the women’s basketball associate head coach at California State University Maritime during the 2016-17 season. Moorehead served as the lead recruiting coordinator for the Keelhaulers, as well as daily coaching duties, including practice planning and film breakdown.
Previous prep experience includes a stint as a women’s basketball assistant coach at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City from 2014-16. Moorehead also spent the 2012-13 season as a men’s basketball volunteer assistant coach at Oklahoma City University.
In addition, Moorehead has also proven to have made an impact in community involvement throughout his career giving his time on a regular basis to the Catholic Heart Work Camp, Habitat for Humanity, AmeriCorps and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Moorehead graduated from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, before going on to earn his Master of Science in Strategic Management and Planning from University College Dublin in Ireland and a doctorate in sports administration and higher educational leadership from Concordia University-Chicago.
Moorehead is married to his wife Michelle and they have a newborn son Ezra.