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Interim tag removed for Hendrix coach

Posted: May 1, 2014 - 7:08pm

Drew Gaeng has been named the Hendrix College women’s basketball head coach after serving in an interim capacity for the 2013-14 season.

“Coach Gaeng took over as the interim coach two weeks before the season began and did an outstanding job,” said Amy Weaver, Hendrix’s director of athletics. “He is a great X’s and O’s coach and his energy and enthusiasm for the game is exactly what our program needed. I am excited to the great things this program will accomplish with coach Gaeng at the helm.”

In his first year with the Warriors, Gaeng improved the Warriors’ record from 5-22 to 12-14 and tied for fourth place in the Southern Athletic Association. Hendrix led the league in rebounding in 2013-14 and had the SAA’s Defensive Player of the Year in senior center Jamie Tate. Sophomore guard Caitlin Kriesel-Bigler and Tate were named to the All-SAA Second Team and freshman guard Taylor Neal was an honorable mention.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to continue to lead this program and want to thank (Acting) President Ellis Arnold, President William Tsutsui and coach Weaver for all of their support. We have a very talented group of student-athletes here and our girls are looking forward to next season. We’re ready to get to work and represent the Warriors proudly.”

Prior to taking over the women’s program, Gaeng was the men’s assistant at Hendrix for four seasons.

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 earned his bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, and Minor in Economics from Roanoke in 2009. He began his collegiate career at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, from 2004-06.

Gaeng graduated as valedictorian from Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, Md. He earned his Master of Arts in Accounting from Hendrix in 2013.

Gaeng and his wife Melody reside in Conway.

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