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Andrea Gorski enters her third year as the associate head coach for Saluki women's basketball for the 2014-15 season. Gorski's duties at SIU include recruiting, scheduling, player development and game preparation.
Gorski's second year on staff happened to be one of the best and most exciting years of Saluki women's basketball in recent memory. The Salukis completed the largest turnaround in school history, going from 5-25 in 2013-14 to 17-13 and on the cusp of postseason action. Gorski helped guide both Dyana Pierre and Rishonda Napier to First-Team All-MVC honors, the first time SIU has had multiple honorees in the same season since 1995-96.
In her first season as the lead assistant under head coach Cindy Stein, Gorski helped the program to improvements in field goal percentage defense, 3-point percentage defense, scoring defense, rebound margin, blocks, assist-to-turnover ratio and conference wins. She helped the program to a win over eventual MVC regular season and tournament champion Wichita State and helped coach Dyana Pierre, the program's first first-team All-MVC honoree since 2006.
Gorski came to Carbondale with 17 years of head coaching experience at the high school, AAU and college level. She spent the last five years as the head coach at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she transformed a sub-.500 club into a national tournament team.
Concordia went 8-22 in Gorski's first season in 2008-09 before improving to 18-13 the following season and 23-11 in year three with the program's first-ever trip to the NAIA Division II National Tournament.
The Cardinals broke onto the national stage in 2011-12 with a 29-6 record, the program's first-ever Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference regular-season title and the program's first NAIA DII Tournament win. Concordia broke the school record for wins in a season and reached as high as No. 4 in the national rankings during the 2011-12 run.
Gorski and the Cardinals followed the finest season in school history with another stellar year in 2012-13. Concordia went 28-7, won another WHAC regular-season title, made it back to the second round of the NAIA DII Tournament and ranked No. 11 in the final national poll.
Gorski coached three Concordia players to All-America honors and two players to WHAC Player of the Year awards, and slew of Cardinals earned All-WHAC honors during her tenure. Gorski was named the WHAC Coach of the Year in both 2010 and 2012.
Prior to Concordia, Gorski spent 12 years as the head coach at Ladywood High School in Livonia, Mich., where she compiled a record of 184-99 from 1996-2008. At Ladywood, Gorski was a three-time Catholic League Coach of the Year in addition to being named Basketball Coaches of Michigan Coach of the Year, the Detroit Free Press Coach of the Year and the Associated Press Coach of the Year in 2005.
In addition to her high school and college experience, Gorski has also been a volunteer coach at the Livonia YMCA, a Catholic Youth Organization coach at St. Michael Catholic School and an AAU coach for the Michigan Celtic team that finished as the 2010 and 2011 state runner-up.
Gorski got her start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Bradley during the 1992-93 season after finishing up a four-year playing career with the Braves.
As a player, Gorski scored 980 career points at Bradley and earned First-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors her senior season in 1991-92. Gorski ranks fourth in Bradley history for career assists and fifth in 3-pointers made. She is a 1996 inductee of the Bradley Hall of Fame.
Gorski graduated from Bradley in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in business management and administration. Gorski's daughter, Kiley, is a freshman for the Salukis. She also has a son, Luke.