Howard University announced on Monday that they are adding a new edition to their athletics staff with Odicci Alexander joining as the new softball assistant coach.

Tori Tyson, the head coach of the softball program says she is excited to welcome Alexander to the Bison family. “Who she is, and what she represents is much deeper than softball,” Coach Tori Tyson said. “This a big deal for not just our team, but the entire DMV community, the MEAC and all HBCUs.”

Odicci Alexander is known for her success as the pitcher of The James Madison Dukes softball team.

Alexander is known for her success as the pitcher of The James Madison Dukes softball team. Alexander was a three-time All-American and two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year. She also was named Softball America Pitcher of the Year as well as CAA Pitcher of the Year in 2021.


Alexander received media attention for her defensive web gem that “shot her to softball stardom” during the 2021 College World Series. She led her team to victory against Oklanhoma State with her game-saving dive which made the top spot on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Top 10 countdown.

With Alexander leading the way, the Dukes became first unseeded team in NCAA softball history to reach the Women’s College World Series semifinals.

According to YardBaker, In her five-year career at James Madison, Alexander posted a 81-18 record with a 2.18 ERA. She also had a .337 batting average with 39 home runs — the fourth most in JMU softball history.

Alexander says she is excited to get to work. “I am super excited and grateful for this opportunity, and to be a part of this Howard community with Coach Tyson. I am extremely thankful for the opportunities this sport has brought me.”

– Odicci Alexander

“Odicci will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. I can’t wait for our athletes to learn from her,” Tyson said. “She has a real passion for developing pitchers and sharing the game and our bullpen and entire team and staff will benefit greatly from having her in our dugout.”

Alexander currently plays for Athletes Unlimted after being drafted by the USSSA Pride in 2021. In the 2022 collegiate season, she was a volunteer assistant coach for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.

Alexander joins the Howard University Bison after their historic 2022 season where they won their second Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title in program history and became the first Howard team to score in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament.
Alexander will join the Bison in late October at the conclusion of her professional season in Japan.