Salisbury men's basketball coach on leave

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Andy Sachs stands with his hands on his hips as his team plays in Las Vegas at the 2015-16 Classic. (Photo by Larry Radloff,
Photo by Larry Radloff,

Andrew Sachs, head men's basketball coach at Salisbury University and an alumnus of the institution, has been placed on leave. Sachs, who has coached his alma mater for the past three seasons, led the Sea Gulls to the NCAA Tournament twice and led the Sea Gulls to consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time since 1990-91 and 1991-92. 

Salisbury's men's basketball team has gone 59-26 in Sachs' three seasons at the helm, including an 18-9 mark this past season. The Sea Gulls were 21-7 in his first season after the departure of Josh Merkel for the head coaching position at Randolph-Macon. 

Brian McDermott has been named the program's interim head coach.

Prior to joining Salisbury, Sachs was head coach at Bethany for six seasons, leading the Bisons to a 117-49 mark. 

Sachs spent five years as Ward Lambert’s top assistant at Salisbury. He helped build the Sea Gulls into a NCAA Tournament contender. The 1989-90 edition of the Sea Gulls led the nation in scoring at 104.5 points per game. The following two seasons, Salisbury advanced to the NCAA Tournament field of 40, reaching the Elite 8 in 1992. The Sea Gulls finished that season with 28 wins — a school record. The Sea Gulls, who won 27 straight games — another program record — finished the season ranked second in the country. Sachs also recruited six first-team all-conference players and three ESAC Players of the Year: Dameon Ross, Kyle Jefferson, and Casey Musick. Sachs coached and helped develop Andre Foreman, a two-time first-team All-American, the 1992 National Player of the Year, and Division III’s all-time leading scorer.