After spending the previous two seasons as the head men's basketball coach at Dillard University in New Orleans, La. - Anthony Anderson begins his first season as an assistant coach with the TCU men's basketball program.
"I've talked to a lot of people and Anthony's name kept coming up as a great young coach. He's worked at a lot of schools and has great knowledge of the Dallas/Fort Worth area from working at SMU and UTA. He's definitely a great addition to our coaching staff, and I'm glad to have him on board," said Christian.
The TCU assistant coach is no stranger to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as Anderson spent a pair of seasons at both SMU as well as The University of Texas at Arlington.
Anderson served two seasons as an assistant coach under former SMU head coach Jimmy Tubbs when the Mustangs made the transition from the Western Athletic Conference to Conference USA. The Mustangs recorded a 14-14 overall record - including a 9-9 mark in WAC action - en route to finishing fourth in the conference during his first season with the program.
During his time with the Mustangs - SMU recorded a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 89 percent - which ranked second among all Conference USA programs. The Mustangs also received the 2006 NCAA Public Recognition Award for ranking in the top-10 percent of all NCAA basketball programs with an Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 990.
Anderson got his first taste of the Metroplex when he spent a pair of seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at The University of Texas at Arlington - a member of the Southland Conference. In his two seasons with the Mavericks - UTA finished with a 20-20 mark in conference action with an 11-9 record coming during the 2000-01 campaign.
In between stints in the State of Texas - Anderson spent two seasons as the University of Miami where he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Hurricanes. During his tenure with the Hurricanes - Anderson orchestrated a recruiting class that was ranked eighth in the nation according to Street & Smith's prior to the beginning of the 2003-04 campaign.
At the University of Miami - Anderson coached a trio of NBA players in James Jones, Guillermo Diaz and Robert Hite during his two seasons. Jones was a second round selection by the Indiana Pacers during the 2003 NBA Draft while Diaz was selected in the second round by the Los Angeles Clippers. Hite was on the roster for a pair of NBA teams in the New Jersey Nets as well as the Miami Heat.
Anderson spent three seasons in the State of Louisiana before coming to the Lone Star State as he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of New Orleans for two seasons while holding the same two positions at Tulane University during the 1999-00 campaign.
During the 1999-00 season - the Green Wave finished with a 20-11 overall record - including a share of the National Division regular season title in Conference USA with an 8-8 overall conference mark. That season - Tulane recorded a 15-2 record on their home court and advanced to the NIT.
Anderson helped recruit and coach one NBA player during his time with the Green Wave in Linton Johnson - who spent time with the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey News, New Orleans Hornets and Phoenix Suns.
In his two seasons with the University of New Orleans - the Privateers recorded a 29-28 overall record with a 15-12 mark coming during the 1997-98 season - including a fifth-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference. In his final season with the Privateers - the University of New Orleans led the Sun Belt Conference in scoring defense as well as field goal defense.
The TCU assistant coach got his start at the NCAA Division I level at McNeese State - a member of the Southland Conference - during the 1996-97 season where he served as an assistant coach as well as recruiting coordinator. Anderson coached Demond Mallet - who was selected as the Southland Conference Player of the Year that season - and went on to star in Germany where he was a four-time all-star for ACB Club Jovenut Badalona.
In the 1995-96 season - Anderson earned his start in the collegiate coaching profession as an assistant coach, recruiting coordinator and academic advisor at Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas.
Anderson earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from McNeese State in 1995 and is currently pursing his master's degree in sports management from the University of California (Pa.)
Anderson and his wife - Kimmy - have three sons - Anthony, Antwann and Andre - and currently reside in Fort Worth.