A member of the Bradley University Athletics Hall of Fame is coming back to the hilltop to coach the women’s basketball team.
Bradley Director of Athletics, Chris Reynolds, has officially announced Andrea McAlister Gorski is the ninth women’s basketball head coach in program history.
Gorski has been associate head women’s basketball coach at Southern Illinois University the past three seasons under Peoria native Cindy Stein. Prior to her arrival at SIU, Gorski compiled 17 years of head coaching experience at the high school, AAU and college level.
Gorski scored 980 career points at Bradley and earned First-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors her senior season in 1991-92. Her career scoring total ranked 9th in school history upon graduation and is still 18th all-time currently. Gorski also ranks in the top ten in Bradley history in career assists, three-pointers made, starts and minutes played.
Her sophomore season included a school-record 12 conference victories and her final three seasons mark the only time in program history the Braves finished in the top half of the league standings in three consecutive seasons.
Gorski graduated from Bradley in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in business management and administration. Gorski shared the 1992 Charles Orborn Award with baseball player Matt Quinn averaging 14.7 points per game as a senior. She was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.
“I am extremely honored and blessed to be returning to my alma mater to lead the women’s basketball program,” Gorski is quoted in a University news release. “My time on the Hilltop as a student-athlete was one of the best experiences of my life and I can’t wait to share my passion for Bradley with the current players, campus and Peoria community.”
“I would like to thank Dr. Reynolds and the search committee for this opportunity and I look forward to working hard on and off the court to make our university, community and fellow alumni proud.”
Gorski will officially be introduced during a news conference Monday at noon in the Renaissance Coliseum Nick and Nancy Owens Atrium. The public is invited.
(Photo: Southern Illinois University)