Andre Gray, who comes to Western after one season at Gardner-Webb, joined the WCU men's basketball coaching staff in late April, 2008.
"Andre Gray comes to Western Carolina very highly recommended and will bring a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to our staff," said Hunter. "He has played and worked at the collegiate level under some outstanding coaches. He has Division I recruiting experience and contacts which should be of help to our existing staff. He is a quality person who will quickly gain the respect of our players and who will represent Western Carolina Basketball very well."
Gray joined the coaching staff at Big South Conference member, Gardner-Webb, in July 2007. He helped the Runnin' Bulldogs to a 16-16 overall record and a 9-7 league mark last season.
Prior to his stint with Gardner-Webb, Gray was an assistant at Wingate University for four seasons. The Bulldogs made the NCAA Division II tournament in back-to-back seasons in 2006 and 2007, capturing the South Atlantic Conference Championships both seasons. In the latter, Wingate advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, winning the South Atlantic Region championship.
Gray was a varsity letter winner at Methodist after transferring from Fayetteville State. During the 1996-97 season, Methodist won the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference / USA South regular season and tournament championships to garner a berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament where it advanced to the Elite Eight.
He graduated in May 1998 with a B.S. in Physical Education, and returned to his alma mater as the top men's basketball assistant coach in 2001, while also serving as the recruiting coordinator and junior varsity head coach. With Gray back on the bench as a coach, the Monarchs claimed the 2003 DIAC/USA South Atlantic Conference regular season championship, and posted a 22-6 league record in his two seasons.
Gray's coaching career began at Clayton Middle School in Clayton, N.C., as the head boy's basketball coach. He then parlayed that experience into an assistant's position at J.F. Webb High School in Oxford, N.C., as an assistant on the boy's varsity squad, while maintaining head coaching status with the boy's junior varsity team, with both positions helping him move him to the collegiate ranks.
A native of Elizabethtown, N.C., Gray has extensive camp experience as well, including the prestigious Five Star Camp. Gray has also worked basketball camps at Duke, Wake Forest and Old Dominion.