Sources: Gary Andrews to be named next North Side boys basketball coach

Gary Andrews talks to his Saint Francis women's team in February of 2014. (News-Sentinel file photo)
Gary Andrews shouts instructions to his team during the Saint Francis' 71-64 win over Taylor in the first round of the MCC tournament in 2011. (News-Sentinel file photo)
Gary Andrews talks with Bishop Luers players on the award stand after the Knights captured the 2A state championship in 1999 at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. (News-Sentinel file photo)

One of the area’s biggest coaching questions in recent memory has been answered and Gary Andrews will be the next boys’ basketball coach at North Side High School, has learned.

He will become just the fifth coach in the program since arena namesake By Hey took over the program 61 years ago. Shabaz Khaliq, who resigned in May, is the only coach that spent less than 10 years with the program in that time, leaving after eight.

Andrews is known to area fans for leading Bishop Luers’ girls team to three state titles and winning a national title at Saint Francis coaching the women’s program.

Also at Bishop Luers, Andrews won three Summit Athletic Conference Holiday Tournament titles, including his last two years at the school. That will likely be one of the focal points as he attempts to lead the Legend boys to their sixth straight tournament title this December.

A native to the area, Andrews played basketball at Bellmont High School. He took over the Bishop Luers program in 1992 and coached at the school through 2001. When he won his third straight title in 2001, Andrews’ Knights capped off a 28-0 season. During the run of three straight state titles, he led the Knights to an 81-3 record.

Andrews then spent 14 seasons leading the Saint Francis women’s program, winning 322 games and the 2014 NAIA Division II national title to cap off making the NAIA Division II tournament on nine different occasions. The 2014 team finished their season at 38-0 and Andrews was named the NAIA Division II Coach of the Year.

From 2010-2015, Andrews also was the co-organizer of the Nancy Rehm Border Wars.

In May of 2015, less than two full months after leaving Saint Francis, Andrews was named the women’s basketball head coach of Roberts Wesleyan in Rochester, New York, an NCAA Division II program.

In February, Andrews’ Roberts Wesleyan team won their 20th game, securing Andrews a 20-win season all three years he was at the helm in New York. At Roberts Wesleyan, Andrews coached a pair of Fort Wayne stars in niece Taya Andrews (Bishop Dwenger) and also Kyla Covington (Snider). He was assisted in New York by former IPFW guard Nanyamka Moore.

Andrews had kept his options open in the last several years. In 2016, Andrews was listed as one of 43 applicants for the Louisiana Tech women’s basketball job.

Andrews was 70-30 at Roberts Wesleyan and is 392-172 coaching on the college level. He went 167-44 coaching on the high school level while with the Bishop Luers girls.

Andrews is expected to teach history at North Side.