Andre Gray named interim men’s basketball coach
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) announces Andre Gray will act as interim men’s basketball coach for the upcoming season. Gray comes to ECSU from Central North Carolina University where he has served as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program since July 2021. Gray’s contract with ECSU officially began May 16 following the departure of the former coach Shawn Walker, but his full-time status with the Athletic Department begins Monday, May 23.
“Chancellor Dixon and I thank Andre for stepping into this interim role to move the team forward,” ECSU acting director of athletics James DuBose said. “He has honed his skills in recruiting, player development, academic advising and game planning over several decades, and his experience is a welcome addition to the team.”
Gray has been on the North Carolina college basketball landscape since 2001, when he got his start as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Methodist College in Fayetteville. He went on to scout, run program operations, lead player conditioning efforts, serve as defensive coordinator and more at Wingate, Gardner-Webb, West Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, Winston Salem State, UNC -Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro and Central North Carolina Universities.
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He holds scholastic records at UNC-Greensboro, Western Carolina and Wingate universities, and made history by helping the South Atlantic Conference’s first team – the Wingate Bulldogs – to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 2007. Gray is a graduate of the NCAA ACE Program for Rising Minority Coaches and a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I Assistant Coaches Committee.
“I am grateful to Chancellor Dixon and Acting Director of Athletics James DuBose for this opportunity,” said Andre Gray. “Being the CIAA Head Coach, even on an interim basis, is a dream come true and an honor that I do not take for granted. ECSU has cultivated a culture that provides student-athletes with an elite experience, supporting their success in the classroom, on the field and in the community.We will make the Viking family proud.
Gray is from Elizabethtown, North Carolina, and earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Methodist College in 1998. He is pursuing a master’s degree in sports management at Western Carolina University, which will end in June 2022.