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Angres Thorpe
Associate Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Associate Head Coach
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Alma Mater: St. Leo
Graduating Year: 1990
Experience: 4 Years

Angres Thorpe brings more than 20 years of coaching experience with him, joining UMKC in April 2013 as associate head coach after two seasons in the same capacity at Toledo. He has been part of a coaching staff that has led the Roos to unprecedented success over the last five seasons.

Thorpe helped guide the 2016-17 UMKC squad to the second-most victories in a season (18) in school history. The Roos were selected for a postseason tournament for the first time in the program's 30-year Division I history, which included a victory over Green Bay in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational. In 2016-17, UMKC set program records for points (2,691), field goals (911), rebounds (1,213), defensive rebounds (860), 3-pointers (315) and free throws (554). The Roos finished second in team history in assists (451) and third in steals (236). UMKC posted the longest winning streak for the program in 12 years from Jan. 31 – Feb. 18, 2017. The Roos got off to the program's best start in 15 years and advanced to the semifinals of the WAC Tournament for the third straight year.

Senior guard LaVell “Pep” Boyd, who was recruited by Thorpe, was named first-team All-WAC after becoming the first 2-year junior college transfer in program history to join the 1,000-Point Club. Boyd also earned second-team all-district recognition from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

The 2015-16 team started the season with their best nonconference performances since 2010-11, winning seven games, including a home victory over Mississippi State and against NCAA Tournament participant South Dakota State. Boyd added a scoring punch to the lineup, being named to the WAC All-Newcomer Team, hitting 81 threes. The Roos won a quarterfinal game for the second year in a row in the WAC Tournament, the first time since 2003 and 2004 that UMKC has done it in back to back seasons. 

His second season in Kansas City was another step in the right direction in 2014-15, and generated several program firsts. The 8-6 WAC record was the first above .500 at UMKC since 2005-06, and its second place finish matched the highest ever in league play. UMKC finished with a 6-1 WAC home record, the best in school history in league play. The ‘Roos picked up a win in the WAC Tournament, the first for UMKC in the postseason since 2007.

In his first year with the Roos in 2013-14, he helped the team to a fifth place finish in the WAC, and the fourth seed in the conference tournament, both of which were the highest since 2006 at UMKC. The winning percentage of .333 was better than each of the two seasons prior to the arrival of the current staff.

Thorpe spent the previous two seasons as a member of Tod Kowalczyk's coaching staff at Green Bay before joining him at Toledo. He helped Kowalczyk transform the program during his time at Toledo. The Rockets boasted a 15-win improvement in 2012 (second-best in the nation) and recorded UT's first postseason win in 11 years. In his final season, the Rockets tied for first place in the MAC West Division with a 10-6 record, securing its first division title and most conference wins since 2007.

Thorpe's two seasons in Green Bay were memorable ones as the Phoenix posted a pair of 22-win seasons and advanced to post-season play for the first time since the 1995-96 campaign. His first year saw UWGB put together a 22-11 overall record, place second in the Horizon League and host a first-round game in the College Basketball Invitational. The Phoenix registered a 22-13 mark last season and advanced to the second round of the CBI.

Prior to joining the UWGB program, Thorpe spent the previous six seasons (2002-08) as an assistant at Saint Louis University. During his time with SLU, the Billikens averaged 16 wins per season and were one of the top defensive teams in both the Atlantic 10 and Conference USA. Thorpe coached five all-conference players and two all-rookie selections during his tenure.

Thorpe gained some familiarity with the Mid-American Conference when he worked two seasons as an assistant coach at Ball State. In 2001-02, the Cardinals posted a 23-12 record and earned a trip to the National Invitation Tournament. That campaign included upset wins over UCLA and Kansas at the Maui Invitational.

From 1996–2000, Thorpe helped guide Lewis University to a 75-37 mark and two trips to the NCAA Division II tournament. He was the Flyers' recruiting coordinator and was responsible for recruiting Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa and all junior colleges. During that time, the Flyers produced two Division II All-Americans.

Thorpe began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, from 1993-96. During his tenure, Loras produced a NCAA Division III All-American, and the Duhawks were three-time runners-up in the prestigious National Catholic Basketball Tournament.

A Chicago native, Thorpe was a two-time All-Catholic League performer at Fenwick High School. He went on to become a four-year letterman at St. Leo College (Fla.). Thorpe earned his bachelor's degree in business management.