Chris Anderson enters his sixth season as head coach of Belmont Abbey baseball after leading the Crusaders to one of its best finishes in school history. The Crusaders advanced to the final game of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional in 2018, falling just shot in heartbreaking fashion.
A former assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2005-09, Anderson came back to The Abbey in 2014 after four years at Lander, where he joined former head coach and mentor Kermit Smith after the pair led the Crusaders to the school’s only Division II College World Series appearance.
At Lander, Anderson was responsible for the pitching staff and coordinated the recruiting efforts. The Bearcats advanced to the NCAA Southeast Regional in 2012 as they set a school record for wins. Under Anderson’s tutelage, Chris Thomas was selected as the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year, the first Lander player ever to receive an individual award from the league. One year later, Anderson's top pitcher, Dylan Wolchik, earned All-American honors. In his four years at Lander, five of Anderson's pitchers signed pro contracts.
During his five year apprenticeship as a Crusader assistant coach, Anderson was the recruiting coordinator and served as the pitching coach. He also led the Junior Varsity program for two seasons.
As recruiting coordinator, Anderson sought and captured the talent that would help lead the Crusaders to back-to-back NCAA Division II Southeast Region appearances and a trip to the College World Series in 2009.
Anderson helped turn Belmont Abbey into national contender during his tenure, as the Crusaders posted a 28-30 record during his first season, a 14-win turnaround from the previous year. Belmont Abbey posted a 164-135 overall record, the best five-year stretch in Belmont Abbey baseball history.
The Crusaders were ranked as high as No. 4 in 2009 and had four players sign professional contracts during Anderson's tenure. He coached two other future professionals at Catawba College.
Prior to Belmont Abbey, Anderson served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Catawba, where he worked for three seasons. During the summers of 2003-05, he coached the South Rowan American Legion team.
A 2001 graduate of Catawba College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in physical education, Anderson led the Indian pitching staff to a two-year record of 62-43. He played his first two years of collegiate baseball at Three Rivers Community College in Missouri and helped lead the team to a 35-18 record and a regional appearance.
A native of Batesville, Arkansas, Anderson was on two state championship high school teams and one in American Legion.
Anderson, his wife Meg, and son James reside in Belmont.