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Andrews selected for OVC Hall of Fame

Andrews-Mug.jpgMorehead State President Emeritus Dr. Wayne D. Andrews and former Austin Peay men’s basketball coach and director of athletics Dave Loos and have been elected into the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame. The two will be inducted at the annual OVC Honors Brunch that will be held Friday, June 1, at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Nashville.

The Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame was organized in 1977 with the intent of honoring the coaches, administrators, faculty and staff that have been associated with the OVC for at least five years and provided extensive and outstanding service to the conference. With the induction of this year’s class, the membership will reach 83.

Andrews served as Morehead State’s president from January 2005 until his retirement in June 2017. Andrews twice served as the chair of the OVC Board of Presidents and was the longtime chair of the OVC’s Finance Committee.

During his tenure, MSU won 16 OVC Championships and made 11 NCAA Tournament appearances in addition to 21 Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) National Championships. Academically, 12 MSU student-athletes were named Academic All-Americans, and Morehead State claimed seven OVC Institutional Academic Achievement Awards over an eight-year period. Additionally, over 200 student-athletes earned the OVC Academic Medal of Honor and 15 programs earned OVC Team Sportsmanship Awards.

Andrews was instrumental in helping build the EAGLE (Eagle Athletics Guided Learning and Enhancement) Center, one of the finest academic-oriented facilities in the nation. The facility was designed to give MSU student-athletes a place to focus on academic responsibilities and work toward their college degrees and includes computer labs, learning labs and study space.

On campus, Andrews oversaw the University reaccreditation in 2011, and the beginning of the doctoral degree program in education in 2010. He was the driving force behind the establishment of The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, a dual-credit residential high school for academically exceptional Kentucky students on MSU’s main campus. Three state-of-the-art campus building were constructed during his tenure, including the Center for Health, Education and Research, the Equine Health Education Center and the Space Science Center. The University also remodeled six and built two new residence halls.

Prior to becoming president at Morehead State, Andrews spent 17 years at East Tennessee State University. He is a graduate of Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts where he earned a B.S. degree in 1974 and of West Virginia University where he received a master’s in 1976 and a doctorate in 1977.

Loos is the winningest coach in OVC men’s basketball history. He is the only men’s basketball coach to win five OVC Coach of the Year awards (1990, 1997, 2003, 2004 and 2007) and he led Austin Peay to four OVC Tournament Championships (1996, 2003, 2008 and 2016), equaling the all-time OVC mark by a coach. In 2017, he led the Governors to four victories in four days to become the first number eight seed to claim the tournament crown.

Loos also served as Director of Athletics at Austin Peay for 16 years (1997-2013), including be the only coach nationally to hold both roles over his final seven years.

A Missouri native, Loos played both basketball and baseball at Memphis State, where he was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2002.