|HIPSHER'S COACHING CAREER
||Dir. of Oper.
||Utah Valley State
• Akron, 2003
Bachelor's in business management, minor in entrepreneurship
• Akron, 2005
MBA, concentration in marketing
• 2011-12, USF (Third Round)
• 2004-05, Texas Tech (Sweet 16)
• Worked with Bob Knight, Lon Kruger and Dick Hunsaker
• Western Michigan won back to back MAC West titles in 2007 and 2008.
• Utah Valley University won the United Basketball League Championship in 2006 and had the best record by an independent school (22-7) since Notre Dame in 1985.
• Finished his career at Akron ranked fifth in assists, ninth in blocks and 27th in points.
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Andy Hipsher begins his second year as an Assistant Coach for the University of South Florida basketball after spending two seasons (2009-11) as the Director of Operations.
Hipsher, the son of former USF associate head coach Dan Hipsher, came to the Bulls after two seasons as an assistant coach with Western Michigan from 2007-09.
Hipsher has already worked on staffs with Bob Knight, Lon Kruger and Dick Hunsaker and grew up and played for his father, Dan Hipsher, who was the long-time head coach at Akron, a former assistant at Arkansas and USF, and the current associate head coach at Alabama.
As a first year assistant with the Bulls a year ago, Hipsher was vital in helping USF advance to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 20 years. Additionally, he played a large role in securing a top 15 recruiting class for the 2012-13 season.
In his two seasons in Kalamazoo, Hipsher helped the Broncos regain elite status in the Mid-American Conference by assisting in back-to-back MAC West titles, 19 conference wins, and also coordinating a nationally recognized 2009 recruiting class. In 2007-2008, the Broncos posted a 20-12 overall record while going 12-4 in league play. They reached 20 wins for the first time since 2004-05 and only the seventh time in school history. In the 2008-2009 season the Broncos once again defended the title of MAC West champions. Included in that season, in his first year as recruiting coordinator, Hipsher spearheaded efforts that garnered national publicity as the Bronco 2009 class was deemed a Top 25 Mid-Major recruiting class according to Rivals.com.
He spent the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah; under former Ball State head coach Dick Hunsaker. The Wolverines won the United Basketball League Championship with an overall record of 22-7, the best record by a Division I independent school since Notre Dame went 23-6 during the 1985-86 season.
Prior to joining the staff at UVU, Hipsher spent three months as the video coordinator at UNLV for Lon Kruger. Even though he was there for just a short time, Hipsher gained valuable knowledge and experience with a staff that led the Runnin' Rebels to the 2007 NCAA tournament Sweet 16.
Upon finishing his playing career with the Zips, Hipsher relocated to Lubbock, Texas, to work with Bob Knight, the all-time winningest coach in Division I history. He was a graduate assistant coach for two years at Texas Tech (2004-06) and was part of the Red Raiders' success during the 2004-05 season, when they advanced to the 2005 NCAA tournament Sweet 16 with wins over UCLA and Gonzaga and finished the year 22-11.
He also worked as a broadcast analyst for Texas Tech on the Texas Tech Sports Network an ESPN affiliate for both television and radio.
Hipsher spent five seasons at Akron (1999-2004) playing for his father and became one of the best players in Zips history, despite a playing career that was hampered by two back surgeries followed shortly after by a third.
He finished his career with 1,136 points, which ranks 27th in UA history, and ranked fifth in career assists (344) and ninth in blocks (48). He also pulled down 594 rebounds and made 140 steals. Hipsher finished his career shooting .502 (365-727) from the field, .337 (65-193) from behind the three-point line and .746 (341-457) at the free throw line.
A team co-captain each of his last two seasons, Hipsher was a two-time Academic All-MAC honoree (2003, 2004) and was named to the 2000 MAC All-Freshman Team and 2003-04 Preseason All-MAC First Team.
Prepping at Archbishop Hoban High School, Hipsher was hailed the Akron Beacon Journal Player of the Year. A prestigious award which over the years has recognized the likes of Jerome Lane and most notably LeBron James.
Hipsher earned his bachelor's degree in business management with a minor in entrepreneurship from Akron in 2003 as well as completing his master's in business administration with a concentration in marketing in 2005 from Akron by way of Texas Tech.
Andy's parents are Dan and Sue Hipsher and he has one younger sibling Bryan (29).