Anthony Anderson is in his second season at Sam Houston State after joining the Bearkat coaching staff prior to the 2018-19 season after five seasons as an assistant for the women's basketball team at UT Rio Grande Valley.
As part of 2019 SLC Coach of the Year Ravon Justice's staff, he helped the Kats to a 16-13 record in his first year, including going 11-7 in SLC play. The 16 wins were nine more than the Kats had put together in the previous two seasons combined, and the 12-win improvement was the third best of any program in the nation in 2018-19, but the best of any that was under the direction of a first-year coaching staff.
In his first year on staff, three Bearkats – Jaylonn Walker, Lydia Baxter and Jenniffer Oramas – all pick up all-conference honors, the first postseason honors for any Bearkat since the 2015-16 season. Walker was named the league’s Newcomer of the Year, while Baxter was a third-team choice and Oramas getting an honorable mention nod. That season the Kats saw their scoring average jump up more than 18 points per game, eclipsing 100 points a pair of times. They also played an exciting brand of defense, ranking third in the league by forcing 22.7 turnovers per game.
Prior to SHSU, Anderson took over the responsibility of recruiting coordinator for the 2017-18 season for coach Larry Tidwell's squad and helped the program reach new heights. While on staff at UTRGV, the team achieved its first winning season (19-15) and postseason appearance (WBI) in the NCAA Division I history of the program in 2014-15, and sustained that success by going 19-14 and reaching the WNIT in 2015-16, and then a 19-14 record, its first postseason win, a spot in the WBI Quarterfinals, and the Preseason WNIT in 2016-17.
Anderson made a large impact on the play of the point guards, helping to transition WAC Player of the Year Shawnte' Goff from small forward to point guard in 2015-16, and developing T'Ondria Nolen into one of the top point guards in the WAC. She led the conference and ranked 37th in the NCAA in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.08) while dishing out 131 assists, the third-highest single-season total in program history, in 2014-15.
Under Anderson's guidance, Goff finished her career ranked second in program history in assists with 336. He also successfully helped Bernesha Peters transition from shooting guard to point guard in 2016-17.
Prior to UTRGV, Anderson helped the Lamar State College – Port Arthur men's team to a 20-11 record, including a 10-9 mark in conference play, in 2012-13.
Anderson spent the 2011-12 season on the men’s basketball coaching staff at Paul Quinn College in Dallas, doubling as both the associate head coach of the varsity team and the head coach of the junior varsity team. He also served as an academic monitor and tutor.
He worked with the Louisiana Blue Chips AAU traveling team during the summers of 2011 and 2012, where he coached the 17 and under elite team. Anderon’s father, Anthony Anderson, Sr., runs the Louisiana Blue Chips organization after coaching basketball at schools such as McNeese State, New Orleans, UT Arlington, SMU and TCU.
The younger Anderson also took part in the Isaiah Thomas Basketball Camp during the summer of 2010 and the Five Star Basketball Camp during each of the last four summers.
Anderson played collegiately at Florida International University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts in 2011. He went on to earn a Master of Sports Science in sports coaching with an emphasis on NCAA Compliance from the United States Sports Academy this year.
Anderson is originally from Slidell, Louisiana.