Eden Prairie High School has a new head boys basketball coach.
According to a media release from the school’s athletic department, Alexander “Zander” Culver has been named the new head boys basketball coach at Eden Prairie High School (EPHS), replacing David Flom, who resigned after 17 years in the role. Culver comes from Roseville High School, where he has been a teacher and the head boys basketball coach for four years.
Russ Reetz, associate principal of student activities for EPHS, stated in the release that Culver “is going to support and inspire our athletes to become better people and better players.”
Reetz said Tuesday that Culver plans to meet EPHS basketball families at the school on Monday, May 15.
“He is committed to continuing our tradition of excellence on the court and to providing a strong sense of belonging for students, parents, and members of our community,” Reetz said. “I can’t wait to see him working with our students and staff.”
Culver said he is excited to lead the EPHS boys basketball team.
Growing up in Champaign, Illinois, Culver played high school basketball at Champaign Central before attending Winona State University. As a point guard for the Warriors, he led his team to three NCAA Division II appearances while earning a bachelor’s degree in special education over four years.
Before his stint at Roseville High School, Culver was an assistant coach at Wayzata High School. He also holds a master’s degree in education, specializing in educational leadership. In addition to his new role as head basketball coach, Culver will be a special education teacher at Eden Prairie High School starting in the fall.
“It is truly an honor to join Eden Prairie’s rich tradition of excellence, and I look forward to positively impacting the student-athletes and building on the already robust Eden Prairie culture,” he said. “Thank you to Principal Nate Gibbs and Associate Principal of Student Activities Russ Reetz for the opportunity to lead the boys basketball program. I am elated to be an Eden Prairie Eagle.”
Flom resigned on March 31 after a tumultuous season that included his suspension for reading a racial slur to players and subsequent reinstatement, which sparked protests. The controversy surrounding Flom’s actions resulted in division among some players, parents, and community members.
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