The 2017-2018 season is the fifth for Josh Andrews as the head coach of the Taylor men’s basketball program. Andrews is only the third head coach for TU since the start of the 1947-1948 campaign.
During Andrews’ first four seasons with Taylor, the Trojans demonstrated steady improvement and went 39-20 on their home planks, while scoring five victories over top-25 foes inside Odle Arena. Andrews has coached eight players to All-Crossroads League honors, including two All-Americans and guided the Trojans to an improved win total in each of the past three seasons.
The rebuilding process was completed during Andrew’s fourth year with the program, as Taylor went 21-12 for its first 20-win season wince 2012-2013 and advanced to the NAIA National Championship Tournament Sweet 16 for the first time since 2006. Other highlights from the breakthrough campaign included notching a trio of wins over top-20 foes, setting a new program record for threes in a game and a season, matching the best start in program history with 10 victories to open the season and climbing as high as No. 7 in the NAIA Top-25 Poll.
Prior to restoring the program at Taylor, Andrews spent two seasons rebuilding the powerhouse Middletown High program in Middletown, Ohio. The Middies went 32-17 under Andrews, winning back-to-back conference titles to end a 17-year drought for the proud program that boasts the most state championships in Ohio high school basketball history.
Along with the pair of conference crowns, Andrews led Middletown to sectional and district championships during the 2011-2012 season and was touted as the Greater Miami Conference Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
Prior to taking the reins of the historic Middletown program, Andrews compiled an 80-18 record during four seasons as the head coach at Princeton High and led the Vikings to the 2009 Ohio State Finals for their first appearance since 1971. Princeton lost the title game, 60-58, to a Northland High squad featuring a pair of future NBA first-round picks in Jared Sullinger and Trey Burke.
During his time as the head coach at Princeton, Andrews also guided the program to a sectional championship in all four years at the helm and helped the Vikings to conference and district championships in each of his first three seasons. Andrews also served as the head coach of Princeton’s junior varsity squad for two years, going 39-1, before assuming the head coaching role at the start of the 2007 season.
Along with earning four GMC Coach-of-the-Year awards during his time at Princeton and Middletown, Andrews was also selected as the Cincinnati Enquirer Coach of the Year in 2008 and repeated the honor in 2009, while also being named as the District 16 and AP Ohio Division I Coach of the Year.
After attending Taylor during his freshman year, Andrews went on to become a two-year team captain on the men’s basketball team at Union College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2005. Andrews then earned a master’s degree in education from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2008.
Andrews and his wife, Ashley, are the proud parents of Alexis Sortman and Ava Andrews and the family currently resides in Yorktown.
The 2017-2018 season is the third for Casey Coons as a full-time assistant coach with the Trojans and his fifth season on staff with the Trojans.
Coons closed a remarkable career on the hardwood for Taylor in 2013. The sharp-shooting guard ranks second all-time at TU with 2,138 points and 439 free throws made, while topping the Taylor record books with 359 makes from beyond the arc.
The awards and accolades piled up for Coons during his four-year career, as Coons was a two-time NAIA All-American, a four-time All-Crossroads League Team selection and a Gates-Howard Award winner. Coons scored the 10th point in each of the four Silent Night games he played in and also excelled in the classroom, becoming the first student-athlete in Taylor history to be named as a CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year recipient.
Coons graduated from Taylor in 2013 with a degree in health and physical education and currently resides in Upland, with his wife Hope.
The 2017-2018 season is the fifth for Josh Brooks as part of the men’s basketball coaching staff at Taylor University.
Brooks is no stranger to Upland, having earned four letters on the hardwood under Hall of Fame head coach, Paul Patterson, while earning a degree in elementary education from Taylor in 2008. Brooks served as a team captain during his senior season and helped the Trojans claim a pair of Crossroads League Championships on their way to two appearances in the NAIA National Tournament.
Since wrapping up his playing career, Brooks has served on staff at Eastbrook High and Marion High for the past nine seasons as an assistant coach for the varsity teams. Brooks spent the 2008-2009 campaign at Eastbrook, before switching to Marion.