Head coach Steve Howes announced the addition of Andrew Hippert as an assistant coach for the 2017-18 season. Hippert, who is an Assistant Athletic Director at Catholic University, served in a player development capacity in his first season and now will come on full-time as the Cardinals aim for a return to the top of the Landmark Conference and the NCAA Tournament.
Hippert brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program. The son of a coach, he played his high school basketball at Massachusetts powerhouse St. John's High School where they won back to back district championships, finishing the 2001-2002 season 25-0. Hippert went on to captain the team at Bowdoin College in Maine where his 2008 team broke the school record for wins, made the NESCAC championship game for the first time in program history and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. He finished his playing career in the top-10 in scoring for both his high school and college programs, eclipsing the 1,000 point mark for both. In 2013, he was the youngest player inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, under the scholar-athlete category.
Hippert has coached at the high school and collegiate level, most recently with Babson College, the 2017 Division III National Champions. His coaching exploits also took him into the professional ranks where he assisted the Washington Mystics of the WNBA in their player development program. Hippert also spent time coaching internationally where he was part of the African Scholar Athlete Games in Namibia, a program designed to develop youth sports in Africa.
He credits his dad, Edward Hippert, on the development of his coaching philosophy.