Andrew Fields
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Andrew Fields
Andrew Fields
Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolAtlantic City
(Atlantic City, New Jersey)
CollegeCheyney (1975-1979)
NBA draft1979 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
PositionCenter / Power forward
Number1
Career history
1979-1983Toyota Super Corollas
Career highlights and awards
  • PBA Best Import of the Conference (1981)

Andrew Fields is a collegiate basketball coach and a retired American professional basketball player. As a player, he led Cheyney State to the 1978 NCAA Division II championship, where he was named playoff MVP. His success led him to be drafted with the 18th pick of the second round of the 1979 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. He however failed to land a contract when Blazers management decided to sign just one player.

A resident of Atlantic City, New Jersey, Fields graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1975.[1]

He played overseas, earning playing contracts in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, and most notably in the Philippines for Toyota in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).[2]

In the Philippines, Fields was among the best defensive and rebounding imports in PBA history, with a career average of 15.5 rebounds per game. He was an adept shotblocker, feared by local players and fellow imports. During his stint with Toyota, he sparked the team's dreaded fastbreak either with a shotblock swatted to the direction of a streaking teammate on the wings or a sharp outlet pass which he threw like "baseball pitch" to a teammate at the other end, usually Francis Arnaiz or Arnie Tuadles. He was part of the 1981 Toyota team that won the Open Conference championship over arch-rival Crispa Redmanizers, playing alongside fellow import Victor King. In that same conference he won the PBA's Best Import of the Conference Award. The following year, he teamed up with Donnie Ray Koonce to lead Toyota to the 1982 Open Conference title.[3]

On August 19, 2011, Fields was named the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Atlantic Cape Community College. In his first season, he led Atlantic Cape to a 16-15 record and their first Region XIX Final Four appearance in 20 years. In February 2015, Fields was replaced by Marvin Graham as coach after becoming unable to return to coaching due to a car accident in January.[4]

References

  1. ^ Grugan, Brittany. "Atlantic Cape Community College hires former Atlantic City star, longtime pro Andrew Fields as basketball coach ", The Press of Atlantic City, August 19, 2011. Accessed February 15, 2018. "Ever since he retired as a professional basketball player, Andrew Fields hoped to coach a college team. The Atlantic City resident, who played basketball professionally around the world for years, has extensive sideline experience.... Fields starred at Atlantic City High School, from which he graduated in 1975."
  2. ^ Ex-Import Eager To Coach In PBA, The Philippine Star, June 4, 2008
  3. ^ Hardcourt: The 2001 Official PBA Annual. Philippines: The Philippine Basketball Association. 2001. p. 146
  4. ^ Capoferri, Carmen (July 22, 2015). "Marvin Graham named Atlantic Cape men's basketball coach". The Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved 2018.



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