Former player development coach of Washington Wizards
“Winston Gandy is one of the premier player development coaches in the nation,” Langley said. “In the NBA he worked with the best players in the world, and throughout his career he’s had the opportunity to scout and learn from the most elite coaches in our profession. Winston brings a vast amount of knowledge, an incredible work ethic, and he has impeccable character. Winston will be a star in the women’s game, and is someone I trust and admire immensely.”
Gandy joined the Wizards in 2014 and was responsible for player development and talent evaluation. Other responsibilities included video analysis, digital preparation of opponents, developing game plans and organizing and running pre-draft workouts. During Gandy’s tenure with the Wizards, he worked with the likes of four-time All-Star John Wall, growing superstar Bradley Beal, while advancing to the Eastern Conference Semis three times.
Prior to the Wizards, Gandy served as the Director of Recruiting Operations at the University of Maryland (2013-14) where he worked under current head coach Brenda Frese and Langley (associate head coach). In his one season at Maryland the Terrapins went 28-7 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the women’s basketball program at Rice University,” said Gandy. “I want to thank Tina Langley and Rice for this opportunity. I’m extremely grateful to work for a proven winner and one of the most influential coaches in the game. I’ve known Tina for quite some time, and her combination of an unmatched work ethic and phenomenal character sets her apart. The success of this program thus far has started with the culture that has already been established and I hope to continue to be a part of that.”
Gandy graduated from Maryland in 2013 with a degree in economics and volunteered as a scout team player for the Terrapins from 2009-2013.