After a successful 2015 season in which Capital reached the 20-win mark, Andrea Preston enters her third season as an assistant coach for the Crusaders women’s basketball program. Preston brings with her more than 12 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, including time spent as a head coach.
With Preston on the sidelines last season, Capital produced nine Academic All-OAC student-athletes, resulting in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association ranking Capital 22nd in its Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. A trio of Crusaders received All-OAC for their play on the court. Capital finished with a 20-7 record after putting together a nine game win-streak which included a pair of victories over nationally ranked Calvin College and conference opponent Ohio Northern University, both ranked No. 11 at the time.
She was present and active on the sidelines for two major coaching milestones for Capital head coach Dixie Jeffers. Jeffers earned Capital career win number 600 at home against Muskingum University (1/21/15) and then 10 days later Preston helped her reel in career win number 654 on the road at the University of Mount Union to take the top spot for career victories among OAC coaches.
Prior to joining Capital, Preston served as head coach at Hiram College for eight seasons (2007-14), marking her the second-longest tenured coach in the program’s history. Preston is third all-time in wins over her career, and just one win from tying the all-time high. She led the Terriers to a program-record six consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament appearances from 2007-13 and tied a school record in single-season wins in 2010-11. She also holds the school record for consecutive wins in a season. Preston coached Kelsey Durichko, current Hiram record holder in single-season (138) and career (394) assists. Her teams also set records in single-season 3-pointers made (177), single-game record for free throws made (29), and assists in a single season (337). Seven of the top eight spots in Hiram’s career 3-point makes list came under her watch. She also coached two All-NCAC second teamers and six honorable mention selections.
In addition to directing all facets of the women's basketball program at Hiram, Preston served on several NCAC and Women's Basketball Coaches Association committees during her time at the helm. She was also the assistant compliance coordinator, helping student-athletes coordinate completion of necessary NCAA Division III paperwork.
Prior to Hiram, Preston served as head coach at Clarkson (N.Y.) University for two seasons. Her assistant coaching experiences included stints at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (2002-04) and Earlham (Ind.) College (2001-02). She also worked as a ticket sales executive for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx in 2004.
At Capital, Preston will serve as coordinator of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in addition to her coaching duties.
Preston earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Luther College (Iowa) in 2001. She graduated with a master's degree in exercise and sport science/sport administration from Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2004.
Preston is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), the Alliance of Women Coaches, and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators.