Head Coach Andrew Sachs
Office Phone: 304-829-7269
Andrew Sachs recently concluded his sixth season at the helm of the Bison, serving as Bethany's 25th head men's basketball coach.
Through six years with the Bison, Sachs has a 117-49 record and his .705 winning percentage is the highest of any Bethany coach in the program's 107-year history. In his six years, the Bison have earned six-consecutive post-season berths. He has recruited and developed eight All-PAC players, of which two were named PAC Player of the Year. In the past three seasons, his Bison have earned three-straight trips to the ECAC South Regional Championship Tournament. This was preceeded by two-consecutive PAC titles and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.
During the 2014-15 season, the Bison tallied a season-high, eight-game winning streak, won twelve of their last fifteen contests and secured the third seed in the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship Tournament. After earning another birth into the ECAC South Regional Championship Tournament, Sachs and the Bison posted an opening-round upset of the top seed, Penn State - Behrend (23-4), capturing a 53-51 win over the Lions to earn hosting rights of the semifinal and championship rounds.
Over the course of the 2014-15 season, the Bison again boasted one of the most stifling defenses in the country, leading the PAC and ranking among the Nation's best in steals per game (10.1). Sachs also coached Bison senior, Delonte' Joyce, to PAC Player of the Year honors. Along with that accomplishment, Joyce also earned a First-Team All-Great Lakes Region Selection, and was named a First-Team ECAC All Star. During the year, Joyce led the conference in points per game (19.1) and ranked second in the Nation in total steals (92.0). He posted 14, 20-point games and four 30-point outings.
After losing 4300 points to graduation, the 2013-14 Bison won the PAC regular season title finishing 14-2 in conference play and 21-6 overall, tying for the 4th most victories in a single season and while securing their second consecutive ECAC South berth. The team also led NCAA Division III in steals per game at 12.3, setting another school record that was previously held by the 2011-12 team.
During the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, Bethany posted consecutive PAC Championships, earning spots in the NCAA National Tournament. 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 accomplishments 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 worked with the AND1 corporation, in charge of Grass Roots Development in the Baltimore/D.C. area. He also served as 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. Sachs helped develop 16 players that played in college, including Rudy Gay, now with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.
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 23 years of college coaching, Sachs has coached 40 all-conference players. Of those, 11 were named their league's Player of the Year, including Joyce in 2015 and Nick Wilcox in 2012, while all 11 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 (6) and Meredith (3).
Assistant Coach Kwasi Amponsah
Office Phone: 304-829-7269
Kwasi Amponsah is entering his second season as a member of the Bethany men’s basketball coaching staff and will handle day-to-day duties including individual workouts, recruiting and film management.
Amponsah helped the Bethany men's basketball team to an 18-11 mark during the 2014-15 campaign, which included a trip to the Eastern College Athletic Conference South Regional Championship Tournament, and a first-round victory over top-seeded Penn State Behrend. During his first year as an assistant, the Bison also posted an 11-5 mark in PAC play.
In his first year, Amponsah helped coach senior guard Delonte' Joyce to PAC Player of the Year honors. Scoring 19.1 points per game, and ranking fourth in the Nation in steals per game (3.2).
As a team, Coach Amponsah helped the Bison rank first in the Presidents' Athletic Conference in steals per game (10.1) as well as turnover ratio (+3.66) as the Green & White forced opponents' into 16.6 turnovers per contest. The team also ranked fourth in the PAC in scoring defense (68.4), and third in blocked shots per game (3.6).
Amponsah arrives at Bethany after a distinguished playing career at Roanoke College, where he was a two-time captain and led the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in scoring during his junior season (18.4). The two-time All-ODAC selection also ranks 5th all-time in school history with 173 career steals. He graduated Roanoke with a degree in business in 2013.
A native of Woodbridge, Virginia, Amponsah will be enrolled in Bethany’s Master of Arts in Teaching program in 2014.