Andrew Hippert brings a wealth of coaching, playing and administrative experience to his first year as a Catholic University assistant coach. He will focus on player development and practice planning.
Hippert came to CUA in 2016 as assistant athletic director for recruitment and compliance. He is the athletic department’s liaison to the admissions and financial aid offices and serves as the school’s chief NCAA compliance officer.
Prior to that, Hippert worked two years as a guest services specialist for the Washington Wizards. The tailored customer service plans he developed increased client retention rates and helped drive ticket revenue. He also conducted individual skill development workouts for the Washington Mystics.
Hippert began his college coaching career in 2010 in Wellesley, Mass., as an assistant at Babson College. In 2011-12, he worked in admissions at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and assisted the basketball team in player development.
Hippert was a four-year starting guard (2004-08) at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He was the team’s leading scorer as a senior (15.9 ppg) and helped the Polar Bears (22-7) enjoy their most wins in school history. The club beat top-ranked Amherst and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. He was named first-team All-Maine and second-team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
In the quarterfinals of the 2008 NESCAC Tournament, Hippert scored 28 points against Bates College to lead Bowdoin to its first win in tournament history. The league honored him as its Player of the Week.
Hippert also led Bowdoin in scoring his junior year (15.7 ppg) and made 89.3 percent of his free throws. He was named second-team All-Maine. He finished his career with 1,366 points and was an Honor Roll student (min. 3.5 GPA) all four years. He is the youngest inductee under the Scholar-Athlete category of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
During his four years (2000-04) at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Mass., Hippert helped the Pioneers post a record of 86-12 (.877). He started his final three seasons and scored 1,179 career points. The team was 25-1 his sophomore year and won its first of two straight district championships. As a senior captain, he was honored on the Worcester Telegram & Gazette 12-man Super Team and recognized as one of the top 80 players in Massachusetts.
Hippert’s name appeared on the St. John’s Honor Roll his final three years, and he was student body president as a junior and senior. He played tennis his first year and placed second in the freshman state cross country championship.
Hippert graduated from Bowdoin College in 2008 with a degree in government and legal studies. He attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando from 2012-14 and earned master’s degrees in business administration and sport business management. He also served as a graduate assistant in the school’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports.
Hippert represented the Institute for International Sport in Namibia during the summer of 2013 helping to administer the first African Scholar-Athlete Games. He ran the programming and coached basketball for the youth multisport development event.
Andrew Richard Hippert was born on April 30, 1985 in Worcester, Mass. He is the son of Edward and Charlene Hippert. His father coached football, baseball and basketball in high school and college, and coaches tennis now. He is a member of several halls of fame. Andrew has two sisters, Sarah and Rachel, and lives in Washington, D.C.