THE EARLY YEARS
Andrew graduated from Northeastern University in 1975 and went on to receive a degree in broadcast journalism from the Connecticut school of broadcasting. Andrew went on to work as assistant general manager and assistant coach to the Springfield fame basketball team of the USBL in 1985. During this time, he handled player acquisitions, team endorsements, public relations, and coaching duties. Andrew was also credited with making basketball history by signing the first woman, Nancy Lieberman, to play in a men''s professional basketball league. During this year the team won the USBL championship.
From 1989 to 1992, Andrew handled scouting for the Albany Patroons of the CBA. During this time the team won two championships. Andrew was responsible for bringing Vince Askew and Mario Elie to the team, both of whom played in the NBA.
From 1992 to 1993 Andrew handled player acquisitions for the Hartford Hellcats of the CBA. During this time, Andrew also organized a free agent camp. In 1993, Andrew became director of scouting for the Harrisburg Hammerheads of the CBA. This was an expansion team. Andrew was responsible for evaluating and drafting players for the team''s opening year.
From 1994 to 1997, Andrew was the road manager for the well known Harlem Wizards. He was responsible for scheduling games, managing and coaching the team, office management, scouting players, and overseeing day to day operations. During this time, he successfully increased the volume of games which led to the expansion into 2 teams.
BIRTH OF THE JESTERS
Due to Andrew''s incredible management skills, he was offered the job of road manager for the Harlem Rockets in 1997. In two years, Andrew increased the overall gross income of the team by 150 percent, exceeding projections and quotas by games played, and increased souvenir sales. This is when Andrew originated the idea of having the audience interact with the players during the game and become part of the show. This is where The Court Jesters began.
Dr. Don Newman Director of Health
The Court Jesters are please to announce the appointment of Dr. Newman owns and operates a successful holistic dental practice, Dr. Newman has a strong working knowledge of herbs and various alternative treatments. Dr. Newman is currently conducting research on the relationship between energized minerals in vegetables and their health benefits. He is also an advocate of global water quality issues as it relates to overall health and is studying alternative purification methods and ionic enhancement of waters.
Dr. Newman attended and graduated from Adelphi University 1969--1973 BA, Baltimore School of Dental Medicine 1974--1978 DDS and was a Captain in the United States Air Force 1978--1981.
Andy Eckman stated, "We welcome Dr. Newman as an addition to our Board. His working knowledge of natural supplements as they relate to the treatment of health problems is a perfect fit for our company.
The Court Jesters commitment to the health and well being of our youth and adults make Dr Newman a perfect fit, Also, we feel that the outcome of some of his research may bring additional value to the company in the future."