Former Belmont Abbey assistant coach Chris Anderson returns to the Crusader family as Head Baseball Coach after four years as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. Anderson served as the Crusaders assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2005-2009.
Anderson was hired as Lander's assistant baseball coach in August 2009, joining former Belmont Abbey Head Coach Kermit Smith after the pair led the Crusaders to the school’s only Division II College World Series appearance.
"We are excited to welcome Chris Anderson back to Belmont Abbey College," Athletic Director Stephen Miss said. "Chris is a tremendous coach, an even better person with impeccable character and he understands and believes in the mission of Belmont Abbey College. He was a large part of our baseball program's success while he was here and carried that success with him to Lander when the Bearcats were ranked as high as number one nationally at one point during the 2013 season."
"I am extremely excited to rejoin the Belmont Abbey staff as the Head Baseball Coach," Anderson said. "I have a lot of unbelievable memories here at the Abbey, and have so much pride in the tradition that the baseball program has here. My last memory of Belmont Abbey's baseball program is being a game away from the National Championship. I hope to instill a family atmosphere with the players and alumni so they will have the same pride in the College and program that I have always had. Coach Brickman and his staff have done a tremendous job maintaining the level of play that I am accustomed to. I would like to thank them for all of their hard work they have done over the last four years. I would also like to thank our President, Dr. Theirfelder, for believing in me to maintain the level excellence and virtue with the players. I am also extremely excited to work for our Athletic Director, Stephen Miss, someone who I have a great deal of admiration and respect for. I hope to take this program to a level of success that has been unfinished in my mind for four years."
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, NC.