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Bradley women’s basketball coach Gorski announces her retirement

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Bradley University women's basketball coach Andrea Gorski announced her retirement Tuesday after an 11-year coaching career, including the last six with the Braves.

Bradley University women's basketball coach Andrea Gorski is calling it a career after 25 years in the sport and six years leading the Braves program.

In a statement, Gorski called coaching her alma mater “the honor of a lifetime” and added “my heart is pulling me in a different direction.”

A star guard for the Braves from 1988-92, Gorski was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996. She was hired as the program’s ninth head coach in April 2016, compiling a record of 88-90 in her six seasons.

“I love this place and everything it represents,” Gorski said. “I especially love and cherish the players and staff that I have been so very fortunate to coach and work with. This game has given me far more blessings than I deserve.”

After leading Bradley to consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in program history in 2018-19 (20-10) and 2019-20 (22-7), Gorski guided the Braves to their first Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2021.

“First-and-foremost, I want to thank Coach Gorski for all that she has done for Bradley University and our women's basketball student-athletes,” said Chris Reynolds, Bradley’s Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics. “Her news certainly was unexpected, but she has always had her priorities in the right order and I support her decision as she explores a new chapter in her life.”

Overall, Gorski compiled a career coaching record of 194-149 in 11 seasons with her five-year stint at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Mich., before her return to Bradley.

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