Now in her 21st season as the Lady Saluqis' head coach, Andrea Martre has compiled a 314-224 record in her career at Southwest. In 2007-08, Martre guided her team to a 25-1 record and a number four national ranking after going 26-2 with a number 13 national ranking in 2006-07. In 2000-01, Coach Martre led the Lady Saluqis to a 22-9 record and a trip to the NJCAA Tournament, the team's first national tournament appearance since 1990. Martre has turned the Lady Saluqis into one of the hardest working and tenacious teams in not only the state of Tennessee, but the entire country.
In her tenure at Southwest, Martre has been selected TCCAA Coach of the Year three times and Region VII Coach of the Year once. Thirty-four of Martre's players have earned All-West Division honors and twenty-seven have made the All-TCCAA team. In addition, she has coached six All-Americans (Myquita Mackey, Amie Williams, Ashley Shields, Candace Rucker, Starkitsha Luellen, and Kiana James) and one academic All-American (Torre Thomas).
Martre has been able to bring in young women with the talent to not only run her intricate system, but also be dedicated student-athletes who have enhanced the Southwest Tennessee reputation for developing the whole person. More than 85 percent of her players have earned a degree from Southwest or transferred to another college or university to continue their education.
A native of Memphis, Martre is a 1985 graduate of Fairley High School, where she was named team MVP and all-district. At Shelby State, Andrea started at guard for coach Herbert Wright, and helped lead the Lady Saluqis to a 27-5 record and a national tournament appearance in 1986-87. Andrea still holds the Lady Saluqis' career record for steals with 184. After Shelby State, she transferred to Edinboro University, where she was a standout guard for two seasons. Martre held the school and state record for assists in a single season with 238 from 1990-2005. She was also named to Edinboro’s All-Time Women’s Basketball Team in June, 2007.
Martre is a single mother, with one daughter, Monique McConnell, age 24, a former guard for the Lady Saluqis.