Jesse returns to Laurier after spending 2017 at York University as the Special Teams Coordinator/LBs Coach. He then left York to become the Defensive Coordinator/LBs Coach at the University of Windsor for the 2018/19 season. Prior to these stints, Jesse spent 10 years coaching the Golden Hawks mainly as Linebackers Coach and Special Teams/Defensive assistant. He was the Special Teams Coordintor at Laurier for the 2012 season. Jesse has been instrumental in the development of linebackers ever since he began coaching in 2007. He has produced numerous OUA/CIS All-Stars as well as 3 Presidents Award winners in a span of 13 years of coaching in the OUA.
Prior to becoming a coach, Alexander had a tremendous playing career with the Golden Hawks. He dressed in 52 consecutive games at linebacker and helped Laurier win back-to-back Yates Cups in 2004 and 2005, as well as the Vanier Cup in 2005. Jesse was a two-time OUA all-star and two-time CIS all-Canadian (2004, 2006). He was honoured the OUA’s President’s Award as the OUA defensive player of the year in 2006, as well as Team MVP. Jesse holds the Laurier record for most tackles in a season including playoffs with 81.5. He is also tied for the record for most tackles in a game with 14.5. In 2005 Jesse was drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders with the 39th overall pick in the Canadian Football League (CFL) Draft. Jesse also spent some time with the Toronto Argonaughts in 2007.
In 2011 he was named to Laurier’s Team of the Century as one of the top 33 players in program history, and that same year he was inducted into the institutions Athletics Hall of Fame.
In addition to his coaching experience with the Golden Hawks, Alexander has spent time in the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL), most recently as the defensive coordinator for the Cambridge Lions for three seasons (2013-15). In 2009 Jesse led the KW Predators to a OFC championship as the Defensive Coordinator.