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Former Golden Valley player hired as new Fresno City women's basketball coach

Alex Fletcher, 27, poses for a portrait in Merced, Calif., on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Fletcher, a Golden Valley High School graduate, has been named the new head coach of the Fresno City College women's basketball team.
Alex Fletcher, 27, poses for a portrait in Merced, Calif., on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Fletcher, a Golden Valley High School graduate, has been named the new head coach of the Fresno City College women's basketball team. akuhn@mercedsun-star.com

It didn't take long for Alex Fletcher to hop on the recruiting trail.

The former Golden Valley High basketball standout was named the new Fresno City College women's basketball coach on Friday and was already recruiting players on Saturday.

Fletcher, 27, replaces Brian Tessler as the Rams coach. Fletcher graduated from Golden Valley in 2009, playing three seasons of varsity basketball for Keith Hunter. Fletcher then played at Fresno City in 2010 and 2011 and then played at the University of Lethbridge in Canada from 2011-14.

Fletcher was an assistant at Fresno City for one year and then spent three years as an assistant at Lethbridge. This will be his first time coaching women's basketball.

"I'm really excited for it," Fletcher said. "It's definitely going to be a different type of challenge. I feel if you treat people with respect, if you hold people accountable and to high standards, you're going to get more out of any athlete."

Fletcher is excited to return to Fresno City College. He had a good experience playing for Ed Madec. Fletcher was a first-team all-Central Valley Conference selection in 2011 for the Rams.

"It means a lot to go back," Fletcher said. "I played there for two years and it really changed my life. I was able to get a scholarship. If I'm able to help future student athletes to do that it would be incredible. That's what it's all about. The athletic department here at Fresno City is amazing. Every single coach here wins and wins a lot. Their mentor ship and guidance will be huge.."

Fletcher knew he wanted to be a basketball coach from an early age. He said playing for Hunter ignited that fire to coach.

"I love playing basketball," he said. "Just seeing how much you can help people was a big reason I wanted to coach."

Playing for Golden Valley and Fresno City, Fletcher is used to playing in up-tempo styles and that's the type of approach he wants to see from his teams.

He wants Fresno City to be a springboard for athletes to come through his program and then transfer on to four-year schools.

"I think basketball can be an amazing tool to get your education," Fletcher said. "A full-ride scholarship is a special thing to get. It can open up a lot of doors. Student athletes can use basketball to get to the next level and get their degree paid for. It can be life changing for some people."'

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