Andrew Toole

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Andrew Toole
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Robert Morris
Conference NEC
Record 150–123 (.549)
Biographical details
Born (1980-09-11) September 11, 1980 (age 37)
Staten Island, New York
Playing career
1998–2000 Elon
2001–2003 Penn
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2006–2007 Lafayette (asst.)
2007–2010 Robert Morris (asst.)
2010–present Robert Morris
Head coaching record
Overall 150–123 (.549)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NEC regular season championship (2013, 2014)
NEC Tournament championship (2015)
Awards
NEC Coach of the Year (2014)

Andrew Toole (born September 11, 1980) is an American basketball head coach from Staten Island, New York. He has served as the head coach at Robert Morris University since May 11, 2010 and is currently the 6th youngest head coach in Division I basketball. Toole had served as an assistant coach at Lafayette College and Robert Morris prior to accepting his first head coaching position. As a player, Toole played at Elon University before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania.

Playing career[edit]

While at Penn, Toole helped guide the Quakers to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003. He served as co-captain for the 2002-03 Quaker team that finished the regular season 22-6. Over his four-year career at Elon and Penn, he averaged 12.3 points per game, while also contributing 3.0 assists and rebounds per game.

Coaching career[edit]

Following his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, Toole spent two years with the Hoop Group, a major AAU high school exposure camp, in Neptune City, New Jersey. Then he took up his first assistant coaching job at Lafayette College in 2006.

Robert Morris[edit]

After only one season at Lafayette, Toole moved west and accepted an assistant coaching job with Robert Morris University under former Rutgers University head coach Mike Rice Jr..[1] Toole helped guide the Colonials to two straight NCAA Tournament berths in 2009 and 2010, where they were the 15th seed each time. When Rice left for Rutgers following the 2009-10 season, Robert Morris Director of Athletics Craig Coleman named Toole the 8th head coach in the basketball program's 34 years of existence on May 11, 2010.[2]

"I'm unbelievably excited to be the head coach at Robert Morris University," Toole said during his press conference at the Charles L. Sewall Center. "I take that honor very seriously, and I'm going to work incredibly hard and tirelessly to prove those people right while continuing to build on the success that we've had over the last three years." With his appointment, Toole became the youngest head coach in men's Division I basketball, and the fifth head coach with ties to the Hoop Group, following Rice (Rutgers), Greg Vetrone (Fairleigh Dickinson), Chuck Martin (Marist), and Jesse Agel (Brown).

Toole earned his first head coaching victory on November 13, 2010 against St. Peter's College, a 55-30 triumph at the Sewall Center. The win also set a new school record for points allowed in a game, besting the previous mark of 34 points allowed.[3]

Coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Robert Morris (NEC) (2010–present)
2010–11 Robert Morris 18–14 12–6 3rd
2011–12 Robert Morris 26–11 13–5 3rd CIT Quarterfinals
2012–13 Robert Morris 24–11 14–4 1st NIT Second Round
2013–14 Robert Morris 22–14 14–2 1st NIT Second Round
2014–15 Robert Morris 20–15 12–6 T–2nd NCAA Second Round
2015–16 Robert Morris 10–22 8–10 8th
2016–17 Robert Morris 14–19 9–9 T–5th
2017–18 Robert Morris 16–17 9–9 T–6th
Robert Morris: 150–123 (.549) 91–48 (.655)
Total: 150–123 (.549)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Personal[edit]

Toole is a member of the Friars Senior Society at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his B.A. in Political Science in 2003. He currently resides in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania with his wife and two sons.

References[edit]

Andrew Toole @ RMU Colonials