Coach on a Comeback

1 decade 4 months 2 weeks ago Friday, July 27 2007 Jul 27, 2007 Friday, July 27, 2007 4:17:02 AM CDT July 27, 2007 in News

After all, Anderson has been around basketball for a long time. It all started when he caught Norm Stewart's attention.

"I'll never forget he came up to me and said I want you to play at the University of Missouri," said Anderson. "When you're 13 that means a lot to you."

Now, 40 years later, Anderson is the boss, and he sets his own schedule.

"You have to make time for yourself and make time for your family," said Anderson. "When you're competitive that's tough. You say I'm working 18 hours a day and beat the guy who works 10 hours, but that's not always true."

Case in point: Anderson's hard work didn't pay off when he was passed over to replace his old coach and mentor at Mizzou.

Anderson's comments regarding the decision may surprise some, and he's not afraid to talk about it.

"No. It happened. Whether I deserved to be the coach at Missouri," said Anderson, "that's old stuff now."

Now, Anderson is focused on his coaching job at the University of Central Missouri, encouraging and motivating young players. So why is Anderson so resilient? What is his secret?

"You have to make tough decisions, and when they work you look pretty good, but when they don't work, you don't look very good," said Anderson. "It's been that way forever."

Coach Anderson led the Mules to a 31-4 record. They made it to the Division II Final Four and missed going to the championship game by a single point.

He also attributes his success to surrounding himself with other good people. In particular, Anderson's sister, Associate Athletic Director at the school, has made him who he is today.

"She was a great player. She had her jersey retired she's way better than me," said Anderson.

Second best or not, he has a way with kids.

"People ask me what I learned from coaching," said Anderson. "You learn x's and o's, but the main thing was how to survive - how to survive when things aren't going your way and when something doesn't go right with your life. You can't give up. You get more determined."

The Mules will need some determination this year, since all of the starters are gone from last year's team. Anderson will be coaching ten new recruits, and that's a challenge.

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