WSU’s Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach selected for TopConnect

John Andrzejek connects with fellow young sports professionals

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WSU recognizes scholar student athletes during halftime of an NCAA collegiate basketball game against Arizona, Feb. 10.

TREVOR JUNT, Evergreen Reporter

John Andrzejek, WSU’s men’s basketball assistant coach, was selected for the 2022 TopConnect Basketball Symposium.

TopConnect is an educational program that connects assistant coaches to a variety of successful leaders and speakers. It also provides networking opportunities for speakers and attendees.

Some of the sessions include “Expectations of a Head Coach”, “First 365 Days Managing the Season and Developing Real Expectations”, “Scheduling”, “What ADs are Looking For”, “NIL”, “Preparing for Interviews”, “Discipline and Motivation”, “Mental Health”, “Building Support”, “Core Values” and “The Future of College Basketball”.

TopConnect has helped 35 assistant coaches and assistant athletic directors get promoted and serve as head coaches or athletic directors. , Chris Grant, a past attendee became the Conference Commissioner for the Southland Conference. 

Bryan Blair athletic director of Toledo, and former deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer at WSU, will be one of the speakers at the event. 

Andrzejek has come far in his career, he graduated from Columbia in 2013 with a degree in philosophy. He began his career serving as the Columbia team manager for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Then was hired as the director of basketball operations in 2014, under Andrzejek the team was able to win the most games in program history and won a CIT championship.

He helped coach the USA East Coast All-Star team in 2014 and 2015.

Andrzejek moved on to the University of San Francisco in 2016 as the director of basketball operations. The team had the second-most wins in over 30 years.

He joined Johns Hopkins in the 2017-18 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. They went 24-5 and won the Centennial Conference regular season. He also led the number one scoring defense in D-III basketball, only allowing 59.9 points per game and allowing the least amount of three-pointers in the country.

In the 2018-19 season Andrzejek was an assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Dartmouth. They finished with their highest offensive efficiency ranking since 1997 and set the school’s record in three-pointers nailing 264 three-pointers on the year.

He is now a top analytics assistant and assistant coach for WSU entering his third season at WSU.

Everywhere Andrzejek has gone, winning has followed. The TopConnect Conference was a chance for him to connect with his next career opportuity.