Andy Rang was promoted to Head Coach in the winter of 2018-19 after serving as interim and associate head coach during a nearly a seven-year tenure at Trine. He enters his seventh season as a member of the Thunder coaching staff in 2018-19.
Rang's game-planning and scouting abilities have played a pivotal role in the turnaround of the Trine program. In the last three seasons, the Thunder have vaulted up the conference ranks to the top of the MIAA.
In his first season as head coach, the Thunder picked up right from where they left off from the year before and captured both the MIAA Regular-Season and Tournament Championships with back-to-back seasons of a school-record tying 26 wins (26-3 overall). Trine also finished a perfect 16-0 against conference opponents, marking the first time the team has done so in program history since joining the MIAA. Trine also made a third-straight trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament and advanced to the second round where the Thunder fell to eventual national champion Thomas More (Ky.) University. Senior Brandi Dawson earned MIAA "MVP" honors for the third time in her career and was one of two players to earn All-MIAA accolades. She also went on to be named All-American by both D3hoops.com and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Fellow senior Cassidy Williams also had a standout season as a first-team All-MIAA honoree and also earned All-Region accolades. In the final national rankings, Trine was seventh in the D3hoops.com poll and 13th in the WBCA poll.
In 2017-18, Trine won a school single-season record 26 games (26-4) on its way to a share of the MIAA regular-season title as well as an appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the second straight season. In the national tournament, the Thunder advanced to the "Sweet 16" for the first time in program history since joining the NCAA. Brandi Dawson repeated as the MIAA "MVP" and Div. III All-American, while Hayley Martin earned MIAA "Defensive Player of the Year" and All-Region honors for the second consecutive season. Trine ended the year ranked ninth overall in the nation in the final D3hoops.com and WBCA polls.
In 2016-17, Trine went on an historic run to its first NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament appearance. Along the way, the Thunder won its first MIAA Championship and first MIAA Tournament title. The team produced All-American and MIAA Most Valuable Player Brandi Dawson and MIAA Defensive Player of the Year Hayley Martin. Trine finished eighth in the nation in scoring defense. The team concluded the season ranked 17th by D3hoops.com and 18th by the WBCA.
Rang came to Trine University from IPFW where he served as Director of Operations for the women’s basketball program for two seasons. During his time at IPFW, he was able to help the program win 20 games and advance to post season play, both first for the program since going Division 1.
Prior to IPFW, Rang spent five successful seasons as the Head Women’s Coach at Fort Wayne South Side High School. During his five seasons with the Lady Archers, Rang led his team to four straight 20 win seasons, 3 sectional titles, 1 Regional Title and twice advancing to the Indiana 4A Elite Eight and once to the Final Four. His overall record at South Side was 98-24.
Rang also serves as the Assistant Athletic Director for Trine University. He resides in Fort Wayne with his wife, Chandra. They have four children, Christian, Chandler, Carter and Avery.