|Title:||Class of 2018|
Andrew Edelman is fondly remembered as one of the most innovative, artistic, talented basketball legends in WPI history. He was also considered to be the Engineers version of Bob Cousy.
Along with fellow hall of famers Fred DiPippo ’60 and Hank Schroeder ’63, the program developed quite the following. In addition to capacity crowds in Alumni Gym, a large number of fans followed the team to away games.
“I had a lot of fun playing with Andy when he was a freshman and sophomore in 1959 and 1960,” remembered teammate John Biddle. “His defense and ball handling were really something. I wondered who was going to take over the scoring load when Freddie graduated after 1960, and it was Andy that took that role and flourished.”
Within the friendly confines of Alumni Gym, Andrew’s defense proved to be the difference as the Engineers defeated Clark in an overtime thriller to deny their city rivals a spot in the 1961 NCAA tournament. A year later, the co-captain lifted the team to victory with a buzzer-beater versus Norwich in his final home game, causing the crowd to "go berserk," as chronicled by Tech News.
“Andy was a breath of fresh air for the team, a star from day one,” recalled fraternity brother Stu Kazin. “He moved his feet so quickly while he was dribbling, Coach McNulty would have to demonstrate to the officials in pregame that he wasn’t traveling. While he could handle the ball with ease, he was simply deadly with his jump shot.”
As a freshman, Andy scored 219 of his 691 career points, averaged 11.5 points per game and handed out a number of assists. He would average double-digit scoring all four years with a high-water mark of 12.8 in nine games as a senior. The average was bolstered by a 30-point performance versus AIC in which he missed a chance to eclipse DiPippo’s scoring mark of 36 points due to suffering a knee injury in the fourth quarter.
Off the court, Andy was a member of Tech Senate his first two years on Boynton Hill. He was also a contributing member of Alpha Epsilon Pi and took part in Varsity Club, Bridge Club, and Semi-Simple (Math) Club. He was also a star on the club volleyball team.
After college, Andy went on to a successful career, first as an actuary with Metropolitan Life, and later on Wall Street with Prudential Bache. There he turned his WPI math background and sports wizardry to finance as he produced winning returns for clients in his options trading. He is married with two children and four grandchildren.