A member of the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame, Andrea (McAllister) Gorski returned to The Hilltop when she was named the ninth head coach in program history in April 2016 and is in her third season as head coach at her alma mater.
Gorski returned to Bradley from Missouri Valley Conference rival Southern Illinois, where she spent the previous three years as associate head coach on former Bradley assistant Cindy Stein’s staff. During Gorski’s time in Carbondale, Southern Illinois improved its overall and conference records in each of her three seasons, culminating in the first 20-win season for the Salukis in almost a decade, as well as the program’s first postseason appearance since 2007.
Improved records are nothing new, however, with Gorski leading her team to an improved overall win total in five of her last six seasons as a head coach. In fact, the lone exception during that time was her final season as head coach at Concordia (Mich.), which resulted in a 28-7 overall record and trip to the NAIA Sweet 16. Overall, Gorski has helped teams to an improved record in five consecutive seasons of coaching and eight of the last nine campaigns dating back to her first season as head coach at Concordia (Mich.).
In 2017-18, Bradley ranked in the top three in the MVC in both scoring offense and defense in the same season for the first time in program history. Bradley posted the lowest turnovers-per-game average in program history in 2017-18 with the season resulting in the highest win total on The Hilltop since 2012-13.
The Braves have posted an improved win total in each of her first two seasons and have done so in three consecutive seasons for the first time in program history. During Gorski’s tenure, Leti Lerma became the first Brave to earn First-Team All-MVC honors since 2008-09 during a 2016-17 campaign in which she collected 13 double-doubles, broke the Bradley season rebounding record and became the all-time leading rebounder in program history.
Bradley has also produced a pair of MVC All-Freshman selections during Gorski’s time as head coach at her alma mater. Chelsea Brackmann set the Bradley Freshman rebounding record in 2016-17 to earn a spot on the Valley’s All-Freshman Team. Gabi Haack led the Braves in scoring as a frosh in 2017-18, averaging 10.5 points per game in addition to becoming the first Valley freshman in over 20 years to hit 68 three-pointers and grab 180 or more rebounds.
The Salukis had won a total of 15 games and just five MVC contests in the three years prior to Gorski’s arrival at SIU, but racked up 37 wins and 22 conference victories in Gorski’s final two seasons.
A native of Dearborn Heights, Mich., Gorski boasts 22 years of coaching experience, including 19 years as a head coach at the collegiate and high school levels. Before joining Stein’s staff at Southern Illinois, Gorski was head coach at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Mich., from 2008-13. In just five seasons, she became the winningest coach in the program’s history.
Inheriting a team which had never made the NAIA national tournament, Gorski’s squads reached the NAIA Tournament each of her last three seasons and made consecutive Sweet 16 appearances in 2012 and 2013. During her tenure with the Cardinals, the two-time conference coach-of-the-year selection led Concordia to a 106-59 (.667) overall mark and 58-28 (.674) conference record. In fact, Gorski’s teams combined for an 80-24 (.769) overall record and 48-8 (.857) league record in her last three seasons at the school.
In addition to leading Concordia to its best national ranking in program history, Gorski’s achievements included mentoring three first-team All-Americans and three conference players of the year. Off the court, she served as Interim Director of Athletics at Concordia during the 2011-12 school year and was Associate Director of Athletics for her final three seasons.
Gorski entered coaching shortly after graduating from Bradley in 1992 with a degree in business management and administration, serving as a graduate assistant for the Braves in 1992-93 before venturing into the private sector.
She returned to coaching three years later, taking over as head coach of Ladywood High School in February 1996. She led her squad to a 184-99 (.650) record in 12 seasons at the Livonia, Mich., school and the Blazers claimed 11 district titles and a pair of conference championships during her prep coaching career. Gorski was a three-time Catholic League Coach of the Year and was selected as the state coach of the year in 2005 by the Associated Press, Detroit Free Press and Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.
A 1996 Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Gorski was a first-team All-Gateway Conference selection as a senior in 1991-92. 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 finished her career ninth in scoring at Bradley with 980 career points and still ranks 19th all-time in scoring on The Hilltop. She shared the 1992 Charles Orsborn Award with baseball player Matt Quinn after averaging 14.7 points per game as a senior. Gorski still ranks among the Bradley career top 10 in three-point field goals (6th), assists (4th), starts (T9th) and minutes played (8th).
Gorski has two children, Luke and Kiley.