Adrian Autry begins his first year as an assistant coach with the men’s basketball team. Prior to his May promotion, Autry had served as the Director of Men’s Basketball Operations at Virginia Tech for the last two seasons.
“I am pleased to elevate Adrian from the Director of Basketball Operations to assistant coach,” Greenberg said. “Adrian has great energy and passion for the game. He has a terrific network of contacts and has developed a great rapport with our players. He genuinely cares about their development and success, both on and off the court. He will be an outstanding role model for our players and a great representative of our basketball program.”
Autry joined the Hokies’ program in September of 2008. In his time at Virginia Tech, Autry has worked closely with Greenberg in the administration of the program and handled a wide-range of duties, including team travel, helping to monitor the team’s academic progress and working as a liaison with the athletics administration.
Autry came to Tech from Paul VI High School in Fairfax, where he was the assistant basketball coach from 2007 to 2008. At Paul VI, Autry performed numerous on-court and off-court duties, including the planning and organization of practice, recruiting academically and athletically qualified students and scouting future opponents. Prior to joining Paul the VI, Autry was the assistant coach at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Va. Away from high school basketball, Autry was an assistant coach with the Triple Threat AAU program. Before that, he was an associate coach with the Team Takeover AAU program from March 2006 through January 2008. With NOVA United, he coached the 15-and-under team in 2007 and the 14-and-under team in 2006.
Autry is a 1994 graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in speech communications. At Syracuse, he was a four-year starter at point guard for head coach Jim Boeheim and team captain as a senior. He was a first team All-BIG EAST selection as a senior, a third-team selection as a junior and a member of the BIG EAST All-Rookie team in the 1990-91 season. The Orangemen played in three NCAA Tournaments while Autry was there, including a Sweet 16 berth his senior season. He is currently fifth on the school’s all-time assists list and sixth in career steals at SU. He was a member of the 22-and-under USA Basketball World Championship gold-medal winning team in 1994.
“Adrian Autry is one of the best point guards and smartest players that we’ve ever had at Syracuse,” Boeheim said. “He has an outstanding basketball mind. He really understands the game of basketball and is great with player relationships. I think he will be a great young coach.”
At St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School in the Bronx, N.Y., he was a McDonald’s All-American in 1990 and a first-team All-City selection in the 1989-90 season. The school won the New York City and State Championship in 1988, the same year they were named the number one high school program in the nation.
Following graduation from Syracuse, Autry had an 11-year professional basketball career overseas. He played in numerous countries, including Greece, Russia, Italy, Spain and France. While playing overseas, he periodically submitted stories on basketball and living abroad for ESPN the Magazine. Autry has been involved in numerous summer basketball camps and clinics during the past several years, including working at collegiate and professional camps and elite clinics.
Autry is married with four children. He and his wife Andrea live in Blacksburg.