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Men's Basketball

        Eastern North Carolina product Andre Gray starts his second season as an assistant coach on Buzz Peterson's men's basketball staff at UNCW.

        Gray, a native of nearby Elizabethtown and graduate of East Bladen High School, worked for Larry Hunter three seasons at Southern Conference member Western Carolina before moving to Wilmington in the summer of 2011. WCU recorded its third straight winning season in 2010-11, including a school-record 12 victories in the SoCon.

        "I'm extremely pleased about joining the staff at UNCW and becoming a member of the Seahawk family," said Gray. "In my opinion, Coach Peterson and his staff are among the best in the business as coaches and as people, and I'm honored that they want me to join them.

        "UNCW is one of the elite schools in one of the best leagues in college basketball. I look forward to the challenge of competing for championships in the CAA and nationally. The CAA has proven over the years that it can compete with anyone in the country and I'm going to do all I can to assist the program in reaching its goal of playing for championships."

       Gray moved from the mountains to the coast with extensive coaching experience.

        "We're very pleased to have Andrew come to Wilmington," said Peterson. "I've seen Andre on the recruiting trail and know he's a very hard worker. He helped Coach (Larry) Hunter revive the program at Western Carolina. Andre works very hard and will be a great addition to our coaching staff."

        The Catamounts compiled a 56-42 record in Gray's three years in Cullowhee. He joined the WCU staff in April of 2008 after helping Gardner-Webb go 16-16 and 9-7 in the Big South in 2008-09. The Catamounts have compiled records of 16-15, 22-12 and 18-15 over the last three years.

        Prior to his stint with GWU in Boiling Springs, Gray, 37, was an assistant at Wingate for four seasons. The Bulldogs reached the NCAA Division II Tournament in back-to-back seasons in 2006 and 2007, capturing the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) championship both seasons. Wingate advanced to the 2007 NCAA Division II Elite Eight, capturing the South Atlantic Region crown.

        Following an outstanding prep career at East Bladen, Gray began his collegiate career at Fayetteville State before transferring to nearby Methodist. In 1996-97, 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, advancing to the Elite Eight.

        Gray completed his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education at Methodist in 1998 and later returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach in 2001. The Monarchs claimed the 2003 DIAC/USA South Atlantic Conference regular season championship and posted a 22-6 league record in his two seasons as a coach.

        Gray launched his coaching career as head boy's basketball coach at Clayton Middle School in Clayton, N.C. He then accepted a position as assistant coach at J.F. Webb High School in Oxford, N.C., before moving into the collegiate ranks.

        Gray has been a regular on the camp circuit, working the prestigious Five Star Camp as well as camps at Duke, Wake Forest and CAA rival Old Dominion.

        Gray is married to the former Taruis Williams.

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