BETHANY, W.Va. - Andrew Sachs, assistant coach for the Holy Cross men's basketball team, has been named the new head coach for the men's basketball program at Bethany College. Bethany is a NCAA Division III institution and a member of the President's Athletic Conference. The Bison finished with an overall record of 17-12 last season, advancing to their conference championship game before falling to Thomas More (Ky.). Bethany will be Sachs' first head coaching job.
Sachs was part of the Crusader coaching staff for the last five years under Ralph Willard, helping lead the Crusaders to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and the National Invitation Tournament in 2005. Holy Cross had an overall mark of 103-56 during his five seasons on the staff, posting a winning record every year, with three 20-win seasons. The Crusaders also appeared in four Patriot League championship games during that time span, and recorded the Patriot League's first-ever postseason victory with a win at Notre Dame in the first round of the 2005 NIT. During his time with the Crusaders, Sachs helped develop two Patriot League Players of the Year, two Conference Rookies of the Year, five first team All-League selections, and two Conference All-Rookie team selections.
Before arriving at Holy Cross, Sachs was an assistant for Mike Glick at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Md., in the Baltimore Catholic League. The Cavaliers averaged 28 wins in his three seasons there, claiming two MIAA-A conference titles. He also helped develop 16 players who went on to play in college, including Rudy Gay (now with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies).
Prior to his time at Spalding, Sachs was the associate head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania under Gary Edwards from 1996-2001, where he helped IUP to 98 wins in five seasons and a NCAA elite eight appearance in 2000. Sachs was also an assistant coach for current University of Texas-Dallas head coach Terry Butterfield at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Va., from 1992-1996 and helped lead the Marlins to their first ODAC championship and a NCAA appearance in 1993.
Sachs' first job was at his alma mater, Salisbury State University, from 1988-1992 where he was also the top assistant for Ward Lambert and helped build the Sea Gulls into a national title contender. During his time there, the Sea Gulls made back to back NCAA tournament appearances in 1991 and 1992. In 1992, the Sea Gulls finished with the best record in school history (28-2), won a school record 27 games in a row, made the elite eight and also helped develop National Player of the Year and Division III's all-time leading scorer Andre Foreman.
Sachs is a native of Pasadena, Md. He and his wife, Paula, welcomed their first child, Derek, in December of 2008. He received both his bachelor's degree (1990) and his master's degree (1992) from Salisbury State.