Dartmouth men’s basketball head coach David McLaughlin announced the hiring of Justin Bradley and John Andrzejek as assistant coaches for the 2018-19 season.
Both Bradley and Andrzejek are no strangers to the Ivy League. Bradley is beginning his second stint with the Big Green having been on the staff during the 2015-16 campaign. Andrzejek coached against Bradley that season while a member of the staff at Columbia, which won 25 games and the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
“Our program is very fortunate to gain two talented and quality coaches!” McLaughlin said. “Justin and John are intrinsically motivated, creative, knowledgeable teachers, relationship-driven and relentless recruiters.
“We were very thoughtful in this hiring process. Through our extensive search, keeping the unique lens of Dartmouth and The Ivy League as well as the importance of extensive national recruiting experience at the forefront, Justin and John proved they are the ideal additions to our staff and program.”
Bradley rejoins the Dartmouth staff after spending the past two years as an assistant coach at Williams College where he helped the Ephs to the NCAA Division III Final Four in 2017 and finish both seasons ranked fifth in the country. He was involved in all aspects of the recruiting process and assisted in game preparation and strategy while overseeing the player development for perimeter players. Three players earned All-NESCAC honors, including 2018 Player of the Year and second-team All-American James Heskett. This past May, Bradley was listed as an honoree on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Under Armour 30-Under-30, which recognizes up-and-coming young coaches in men’s college basketball.
During his season with the Big Green, Bradley helped recruit the current junior class, which includes starters Brendan Barry and Will Emery. His responsibilities with the team featured skill development of shooting guards and small forwards as well as producing scouting reports on opponents.
A 2013 graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, with a degree in political science, Bradley was a player and student coach of the Quaker basketball team that went 81-31 during his four years there, advancing to the Division III Final Four during his rookie season. After graduating, he spent two seasons working with the team at North Carolina Central as the director of basketball operations in his first year, then as the graduate manager the following season. The Eagles posted a combined record of 53-14 and 31-1 in MEAC play during his tenure, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2014. Bradley completed his master’s degree in athletic administration at NCCU in July of 2016.
“Justin is a talented young coach with a very bright future,” McLaughlin stated. “With past experience at Dartmouth, combined with successful national recruiting efforts at Williams, he has an excellent feel for how to find individuals that are the right fit for the Big Green. In addition, Justin understands the value of building relationships through his teaching and consistency with our guys. He also values the special community we have at Dartmouth and will be a tremendous addition to not only our staff, but to the entire athletic department.”
Andrzejek enjoyed a terrific season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Johns Hopkins this past year. The Blue Jays finished the season with a record of 24-5, winning the Centennial Conference regular season and tournament crowns. The team was ranked 12th in the coaches’ poll — its highest ranking ever — and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. His recruiting efforts also landed six players who were admitted via early decision.
In 2016-17, Andrzejek was the director of basketball operations at the University of San Francisco, which went 20-13 for the program’s second-most wins in a season in over 30 years and was crowned as the most improved program in Division I by KenPom.com. Among his duties were managing the program budget, team travel and player schedules, overseeing study halls and organizing all community outreach programs as part of the university’s Jesuit mission.
While completing his undergraduate degree in philosophy in just two and a half years from Columbia in 2013, Andrzejek served as the Lions’ team manager during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 campaigns before being hired as the director of basketball operations in July of 2014. In his second season in that role, Columbia racked up the most wins (25) in program history en route to claiming the CIT championship.
“John brings multiple years of Ivy experience with his time at Columbia,” McLaughlin noted. “He has a great feel for evaluating and developing relationships through the recruiting process. Beyond that, he values relationships with the players he coaches and brings this into his daily approach, on and off the court. John also has a unique perspective with advanced analytics and that will play an important role in how we evaluate our team and player development.”