Jeff VanGorder, who begins his third year on the Carnegie Mellon University men's basketball coaching staff, serves as the Tartans' primary recruiting coordinator. During his time he has recruited 10 student-athletes from six different states.
VanGorder helped propell the Cardinal and Gray to its most succesfull season since 2008-09 last year, as the Tartans made an appearance in the 2017 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Men's Basketball Championship tournament. In VanGorder's first season on the sidelines with the Tartans, the program saw its second University Athletic Association (UAA) Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year honoree in the 30 year history of the league. Also during VanGorder's tenure with the Tartans, he has mentored a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American.
VanGorder came to Carnegie Mellon from Hamilton College, where he served as the top men's assistant coach for four seasons. During his time at Hamilton, the Continentals compiled a 55-43 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Championship twice.
"I have been fortunate to work with tremendous assistants throughout my time at Carnegie Mellon," Wingen said. "Jeff continues that trend and is an outstanding addition to our staff. He has a really solid background as a teacher and as a recruiter and is completely tuned in to the elite camp scene. His experience coaching and recruiting high level student-athletes will have an immediate impact on our program."
Prior to coaching the Continentals, he served as head coach of the Cortland Basketball Club AAU team from 2007 to 2011. VanGorder has been an instructor at multiple Ivy and Patriot League elite camps as well as the prestigious Hoop Group, Hoop Mountain and The60Camp, run by former Wake Forest University coach Dave Odom and his son Lane.
VanGorder is a 2010 graduate of SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management.