DelVaughn Alexander is entering his fifth season coaching the Badger wide receivers. He originally joined the program late during the summer of 2007 to take the place of Henry Mason, the team's wide receivers coach who sustained an injury earlier that summer that prevented him from coaching.
The 2010 season saw the Badgers pass for 2,593 yards, the sixth-highest single-season total in program history. Wisconsin wide receivers combined to catch 110 passes for 1,448 yards and seven touchdowns on the season.
In 2009 UW passed for the third-highest yardage total in school history (2,770 yards). UW's wide receivers, especially honorable mention All-Big Ten choice Nick Toon, were a big reason for that. Toon led the Badgers with 805 receiving yards, the 11th-best total in school history and best for a Wisconsin wideout since 2005. UW wide receivers combined for 106 catches, 1,568 yards and six touchdowns.
The year prior, Alexander led a young wide receiving corps that showed tremendous improvement throughout the season. The Badgers' top four wide receivers (David Gilreath, Isaac Anderson, Toon and Kyle Jefferson) were either freshmen or sophomores. That quartet combined for 83 catches for 1,252 yards.
Gilreath was an all-purpose threat, recording separate 100-yard rushing and receiving games, and earning second-team All-Big Ten honors. Anderson recorded a 100-yard receiving game and totaled 187 yards in the last three games, while Toon recorded 14 of his 17 catches in the last five games.
Alexander helped guide the Wisconsin wide receivers through numerous challenges in 2007. The Badgers' top two returning receivers--seniors Luke Swan and Paul Hubbard--each missed about half the season at different times due to injuries. The pair of veterans ended up combining for 39 catches and 756 yards. That adversity, however, led to the development of Jefferson as a freshman, who had 26 catches for 412 yards and two TDs. Jefferson's yardage total was the fifth-highest ever for a UW freshman.
Prior to coming to Wisconsin, Alexander had most recently been running backs coach, assistant travel coordinator, assistant special teams coordinator and NCAA rules representative at the University of San Diego. The 2005 San Diego offense was ranked No. 1 in the nation in Division I-AA and won its conference title. Prior to that he was wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Oregon State during the 2003-04 seasons. Alexander coached first-team all-conference selections in each of his two years with the Beavers.
Alexander coached wide receivers and quarterbacks for three seasons (2000-02) at UNLV. He was passing game coordinator in 2000-01. Alexander-coached players earned first-team All-Mountain West accolades in each of his three years there.
Alexander was also at UNLV for the 1998 season where he coached first-team all-conference choice Lenny Ware before spending 15 months (March 1999 to July 2000) with the San Diego Chargers. Alexander was a senior offensive assistant (running backs) with the Chargers and also had responsibilities with quality control, video analysis, opponent summaries and self scout.
Alexander was a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, Southern California, from June 1995 to February 1998.
Alexander lettered in football and track at USC and earned a bachelor's degree in social sciences / history in 1995. He played for two bowl-winning teams (1992 Freedom Bowl and 1994 Cotton Bowl) and has coached for five bowl-winning squads (1996 Rose Bowl, 2000 and 2003 Las Vegas Bowls and 2004 Insight.com Bowl, 2009 Champs Sports Bowl).
A native of Los Angeles, Alexander's family includes his wife, July, and children: Jerome (J.D.), Jalen and Julian.