Fred Andrews begins his first season as assistant coach at Thomas More College. Andrews brings 20 years of coaching experience, including thirteen years at the college level.
During the 2014-15 season, Andrews was the head boys’ basketball coach at Franklin County High School in Brookville, Indiana.
Prior to FCHS, Andrews spent one season at Hamilton Community High School. During his season there, Andrews helped transform the program into one of the top defensive teams in the area, holding their last nine opponents to under 41 percent field goal percentage
Andrews spent five seasons as assistant coach at Indianapolis North Central High School. During his first four season at NCHS, the Panthers had their most successful four year stretch in the history of the program. They went 89-14, won two sectionals, two regionals, three Marion County Tournaments, and the 2010 4A Indiana State Championship.
From 2005-08, Andrews spent three season as assistant men’s basketball coach at NCAA Division II University of Indianapolis. He helped the Greyhounds to a seven game improvement during the 2006-07 season. The team had back-to-back winning seasons and finished fourth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).
Prior to his time at the University of Indianapolis, Andrews spent five seasons as assistant men’s basketball coach at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). There, he assisted the Mastadons transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I. During his 5 season at IPFW, his recruiting efforts were an integral part IPFW landing their first two Indiana All-Stars. Andrews assisted during IPFW’s defeat of NCAA tournament participant IUPUI, and helped the development of walk-on turned long-time professional David Simon.
From 1996-99, Andrews worked under head coach Randy Smithson as assistant coach at NCAA Division I Wichita State University. In his first season, they broke a string of seven consecutive losing seasons and finished 14-13. This included 8-10 in conference play which placed them sixth in the Missouri Valley Conference. After the 1997-98 season, Basketball Times ranked Wichita State University the second most improved team in the country. The following season, the Shockers won seven of their final 10 games and finished with a 16-15 record, including an 11-7 record in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), placing them third. They advanced to the semifinals of the 1999 MVC conference tournament.
After his three years at Wichita State University, Andrews spent one season at Central Florida Community College under legendary coach Gene Smithson. During his only season at CFCC, Andrews help lead the Patriots to a 24-8 record. This included a Mid-Florida Conference Championship as well as advancing to the Region 6 quarterfinal.
Andrews began his coaching career in 1995-96 as an assistant coach at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kansas. In his only season there, the Grizzlies finished 32-5, won the Jayhawk West Conference Title and the Region 6 Championship. They advanced to the NJCAA national tournament, where they finished third in the nation.
Andrews graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Accounting. During his time at Purdue, he was a student-manager for the men’s basketball team. During his four seasons at Purdue, the Boilermakers went to three NCAA tournaments, including one Elite 8, and won back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 1994 and 1995.
Andrews is originally from Decatur, Indiana and is married to the former Dawn Nelson. The couple has a son George and is expecting a daughter in January of 2016.