CONWAY — Hendrix College men’s basketball assistant coach Drew Gaeng has been named the interim head women’s basketball coach for 2013-14 season. Gaeng replaces Emily Cummins who resigned last week after three years at the helm.
"I am very grateful for this opportunity and want to thank President (Ellis) Arnold and our Athletic Director, Amy Weaver, for their confidence in me," said Gaeng. "It is an exciting time to be a Warrior and I am thrilled to be leading our basketball program into the future. We have an excellent group of young women on our team and I can’t wait to work with them this season."
Gaeng has served as the Warriors’ men’s assistant for the last four seasons. During that time he has helped coached seven all-conference selections.
"Drew has done an outstanding job as our assistant men’s basketball coach for the past four years," said Weaver. "His extensive basketball and recruiting knowledge, coupled with his familiarity of Hendrix, made him the ideal person to step in as our interim head women’s basketball coach. We have the utmost confidence in Drew and look forward to the great things our women’s program will accomplish not only on the court but in the classroom and within the Hendrix community."
Gaeng was a standout point guard for the Roanoke College in Salem, Va.. He served as team captain of the Maroons his senior year and led the team with 46 three-pointers, 74 assists and averaged 6.7 points per game.
Gaeng guided RC to a 13-game win streak to start the 2008-09 season and was ranked as high as 18th in the D3Hoops.com National Top 25 poll.
Gaeng earned his bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, and Minor in Economics from Roanoke in the spring of 2009. He began his collegiate career at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. from 2004-06.
Gaeng graduated with Valedictorian honors from Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, Md.
The women’s basketball team returns seven players from last season in addition to eight freshmen.
Gaeng and the Warriors open the season on Nov. 16 against Rust College in Memphis, Tenn.