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Chatham Announces First-Ever Men’s Basketball Coach

PITTSBURGH, PA — Chatham University welcomes Andrew Garcia who has been named Chatham University’s first men’s basketball coach. The Cougars will take the court for the first time in 2015 along with additional men’s sport programs in baseball, cross country, swimming and diving, track and field, and volleyball.  He will also serve as Chatham’s Sports Information Director.

Prior to coming to Chatham, Andrew Garcia spent three years on Carnegie Mellon University’s men’s basketball staff, being named full-time assistant coach in 2011.  Garcia also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator.  During his three years of work at CMU, Garcia successfully brought in top academic players on a national level from Western PA (3), Ohio (3), Washington D.C. (2), California (2), North Carolina (1), New Jersey (1), and Maryland (1). In addition, Garcia oversaw all opponent scouting for the majority of regular season games and organized all aspects of team video instruction. Garcia orchestrated the team’s defensive scheme and philosophy for the 2012-13 season.

Garcia also spent a year as the men’s assistant coach at Division II Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.  His duties included all pre-season, post-season, and individual workouts with the team.  He was also in charge of implementing a recruiting plan for high school and JUCO players in the state of Florida. Additionally, Garcia spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Division I Marshall University. During his time at Marshall, Garcia had the opportunity to work with ten players that continued their career in the professional ranks.

As a student-athlete Garcia played three seasons of basketball at Tulane University, where he led the Green Wave in assists for two years. As a senior, Garcia was the team’s captain, a member of the Conference USA All-Academic Team, and scored a career-high 23 points in a pivotal Conference USA game against the University of Southern Mississippi.  Before attending Tulane, Garcia was a walk-on for the University of Pittsburgh’s football team in 2003.

The Pittsburgh native and 2002 graduate of Central Catholic High School earned his bachelor degree in history from Tulane in 2006 and completed his master’s in adult and technical education at Marshall University in 2009.