Anthony Anderson Joins Tulane's Men's Basketball Staff



August 2, 1999

NEW ORLEANS - Tulane men's basketball coach Perry Clark today announced that Anthony Anderson has joined the staff as an assistant coach.

Anderson, 27, joins the Green Wave coaching staff after two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of New Orleans. While a member of the Privateer staff, Anderson helped UNO post the school's first road wins over a Big East and Pac-10 Conference school and set school records for best field goal percentage in a conference game (.652) and fewest points allowed in a conference game (34).

The Privateers also led the Sun Belt Conference in scoring defense (63.9 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (.427) in 1998-99.

"The addition of Anthony is exactly what our staff needs," said Clark. "He is someone with strong area ties, is young and enthusiastic, and has the ability to recruit and relate to our players."

Prior to his tenure at New Orleans, Anderson spent the 1996-97 season as an assistant coach under Ron Everhart at his alma mater, McNeese State. In that season, the Cowboys shared the Southland Conference championship, the school's first league title since 1977-78.

The Cowboys had one of the most potent offenses in the nation in 1996-97. McNeese State ranked eighth in Division I in field goal percentage (.492) and 10th in scoring (82.0 ppg) en route to an 18-12 record. The team also set records for points in a half (68) and assists in a game (32) that season.

Anderson was a starting guard for coach Steve Welsh at McNeese State from 1992-94 and earned his bachelor's degree in sociology in 1995 before moving to Paris (Texas) Community College as an assistant coach, recruiting coordinator, and academic advisor.

He played two seasons at Iowa Lakes Community College in Esterville, Iowa, and earned all-conference honors. Anderson is a 1990 graduate of Slidell (La.) High School, where he earned all-state honors and was named outstanding player in the district as a senior.

"I'm excited to be a part of the Tulane family," said Anderson. "This is a great challenge for me. It is also an honor and a privilege to work with someone like Coach Clark."

Anderson and his wife, Kimmy, have two sons, Anthony (12) and Antwann (2).

Tulane posted a 12-15 record last season and finished tied for second in Conference USA's National Division. Eight lettermen return for the 1999-2000 season.