Head Coach Andrew Sachs
Office Phone: 304-829-7269
Andrew Sachs has served as the 25th head men's basketball coach in Bethany history for three seasons.
In three years at the helm of the Bison, Sachs has a 65-21 record and his .756 winning percentage is the highest of any Bethany coach in the program's 104-year history. The 2011-12 season was a record-breaking one for the Bison program, as Sachs led the team to a 25-4 record to set a new single-season record for victories.
During the year, Bethany cracked the D3Hoops.com Top 25 poll for the first time and reached as high as #20 in the country at the end of the regular season. After winning the PAC regular season crown with a 14-2 record, the top-seeded Bison would win the conference tournament championship for the program's 14th PAC title, the most in league history. Bethany earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in program history and it was also Bethany's eighth consecutive trip to the postseason.
Those accomplishment came on the heels of his first PAC title. Sachs guided the Bison to a 21-8 record in 2011, tied for fourth-most wins in school history, the PAC Tournament championship, which was Bethany's conference-record 13th league crown, and a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
In his first campaign on the Bison sideline in 2009-10, Sachs racked up a 19-9 record, the most victories by a BC coach in his first year. After finishing third in the PAC regular season standings and advancing to the conference tournament semifinals, Bethany earned a bid to the ECAC South Region Tournament, where they reached the semifinals after defeating Neumann in the quarterfinals.
Prior to arriving at Bethany, Sachs had served as Ralph Willard’s assistant at Holy Cross for the previous five seasons. During that span, the Crusaders appeared in four Patriot League Championship games, averaged over 20 wins per year, won two regular season titles in 2005 and 2007 and won the Patriot League Tournament in 2007 to receive an NCAA Tournament bid. Holy Cross also earned a NIT bid in 2005, where the Crusaders defeated Notre Dame for the first Patriot League post-season victory.
During his five years, Sachs helped develop two Patriot League Players of the Year, five First Team All-Conference selections and five All-Rookie selections, two of which were named Rookie of the Year.
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 that played in college, including Rudy Gay, now with the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies.
Before Spalding, Sachs was the associate head coach at Division II Indiana University (Pa.) for 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 the 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 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 won a school-record 27 games in a row on their way to the best record in program history (28-2), advanced to the Elite Eight and also helped develop National Player of the Year and Division III’s all-time leading scorer Andre’ Foreman.
Overall in his 20 years of college coaching, Sachs has coached 39 all-conference players. Of those, 11 were named their league's Player of the Year, including Nick Wilcox in 2012, and nine earned All-American status at some level.
A native of Pasadena, Md., Sachs received his Bachelor of Arts (1990) & Master’s Degree (1992) from Salisbury State (Md.) University. He resides in Bethany with his wife Paula and their children Derek (3) and Meredith (born in May).
Assistant Coach Jesse Wukasch
Office Phone: 304-829-7173
Jesse Wukasch joins the Bison for his first season as an assistant coach.
Wukasch joins the Bison staff after spending last season at the University of Southern Mississippi. He served as the Video Coordinator under head coach Larry Eustachy and was primarily in charge of preparing the scout team, academics, travel and breaking down film on upcoming opponents. Wukasch helped the Golden Eagles finish the season with a record of 25-9 and earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 21 years.
Prior to his year at Southern Miss, Wukasch spent a season as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of New Orleans under head coach Joe Pasternack. Before that, he was a personal assistant for Head Coach Josh Pastner at the University of Memphis while he was an assistant coach at Westminster Academy and coached an AAU team in Memphis.
Wukasch graduated from Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss., where he played four years of varsity basketball, golf and tennis. He is currently enrolled in Bethany’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.