Former Boise State and NFL safety Gerald Alexander enters this second season as a graduate assistant coach at the UW in 2015. As a first-year coach in 2014, Alexander worked with the UW's youthful secondary, helping to mentor a number of talented young prospects, including freshman All-America Budd Baker.
Alexander played five seasons in the NFL with the Lions, Jaguars, Panthers, Dolphins and Jets, after having been drafted by Detroit in the second round of the 2007 draft. As a rookie with the Lions in 2007, he started all 16 games, finishing with 59 total tackles and a pair of interceptions. He started 10 games for the Jaguars two seasons later.
After his NFL career, he coached at Rancho Cucamonga High, his alma mater, and as a GA at Arkansas State in 2013, when the Red Wolves won a share of the Sun Belt Conference championship.
Alexander was a four-year letterman at Boise State, where he played under coaches Dan Hawkins and Chris Petersen. He was a part of four straight WAC championship teams and was a key player on the 2006 Broncos squad that finished 13-0 and won the 2007 Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma.
Alexander, who earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Boise State in 2009, prepped at Rancho Cucamonga High in southern California, where he was a standout on the football field, the track and in the classroom.