After a long and stellar playing career, Wendell Alexis joined the coaching staff at New Jersey Institute of Technology in August 2005.
NJIT is the first college coaching stop for Alexis, but he has spent his entire adult life in the game, having starred at Syracuse, where he graduated in 1986, and continuing through a professional career that lasted nearly 20 years until his retirement in 2004.
A graduate of Christ the King High School in Queens, Alexis was one of the top players in New York City before heading off to Syracuse. He scored 1,212 career points and grabbed over 400 rebounds, earning all-Big East for teams that consistently ranked among the best in the country.
Drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 1986, he spent his professional career overseas, starring in some of the top foreign leagues, including Spain, Italy, Israel, France, Germany and Greece. He was an all-star in the Euroleague (leading club teams from throughout the continent) from 1998 to 2001.
In 1998, he represented the United States as a member of the bronze medal-winning Team USA at the World Basketball Championships in Athens, Greece.
He began his pro career in Spain and moved on to Italy, where he played from 1988 to 1993, earning Italian league Most Valuable Player honors in 1993. Joining the famed Maccabi Tel Aviv team, Alexis was MVP of the Israeli league when his team captured the league and cup championships in 1993-94.
He later played in France and then moved to Germany, where he played from 1996 to 2002. Along the way, Wendell was a three-time MVP of the German league and in 1998 was third in the voting for Athlete of the Year in Berlin, a remarkable feat, considering the overwhelming popularity of soccer in that country.
After a year in Greece, Alexis returned to Germany, where he led his new team, Mitteldeutscher, to its best record and its first-ever European trophy--the 2004 FIBA Cup. As a result, he capped his career as MVP for the Western region of FIBA, basketball's world governing body.
Having gone out at the top of his game as a player, Wendell Alexis spent a year coaching as an assistant at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, NJ, and also as head coach of the MSU Skyliners 16u AAU team, before joining the staff at NJIT. At St. Joseph, he worked extensively with Andrew Bynum, who went directly from high school to the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers.
He and his wife, Nixia, reside with their three sons in Hillsborough, NJ.