Chuck Alexander

This week’s theme: Montrose High football coaches

Defensive coordinator

A Texas native, Alexander followed in many of his relatives’ footsteps by attending Texas Tech, where he played football and graduated with a degree in zoology. He married his wife, Keri, in 1986, and went on to earn his degree in dentistry from the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas and his master’s degree in dentistry from the University of Washington, Seattle. By the middle 1990s, Alexander had relocated his family to Montrose and has since run his practice, Alexander Orthodontics, in town and in Gunnison. He has been on the MHS football coaching staff since 2005 and recently was named defensive coordinator.

Q: There is less than two weeks until Montrose High’s first game. How are you feeling about the new season?

A: No. 1, I’m excited. We have a great senior class and a great group of underclassmen, so it should be a fun year.

Q: What can people expect from Montrose’s defense this season with you at the helm?

A: The tradition of Montrose’s defense has always been to be real physical, fast to the ball and to play smart. I expect us to keep that tradition going.

Q: What’s more difficult — coaching football or being an orthodontist?

A: I’d pick C, being a dad.

Q: Being a Texas Tech grad, how are you feeling about the upcoming football season?

A: We’re excited. We’ve got a new, young coach. There’s a lot of excitement down in Lubbock, Texas.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?

A: It was a quote I heard. “The best thing a man can to be successful is to stay married.” Theodore Roosevelt said it.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of Montrose High football?

A: The first year I was coaching (2005), we beat Fruita (Monument) on the last play of the game. We went for two. It was an amazing comeback. Our defense played great. I was in tears crying after the game. It was crazy.

— Matt Lindberg

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