Mike Anderson has been named the new cross country and track and field coach at Central Christian College.
Anderson was born in Incheon, South Korea, but spent most of his life in San Antonio, Texas. He will take over for Dan Swaney, who recently resigned after two years.
Anderson’s last two years have been spent at Thomas College in Waterville, Me., where he coached track and field. Previously he was at Burlington High School in Burlington, Va. In three years, he developed the Seahorses into a New England powerhouse. Burlington won Vermont Principals' Association boys' state indoor and outdoor titles in 2009 and had multiple athletes rank on the Dyestat Elite. He was named the Vermont Coach of the Year for track and field. Several athletes placed in the Top 10 at the New England championships and Nike Track and Field Nationals.
Anderson’s men’s and women’s teams broke 38 school records and the men were runner-up at the 2015 NAC Outdoor Championships.
In addition to his duties as head track and field coach, Anderson served as an assistant men’s soccer coach with an emphasis on strength and conditioning. During the 2015 season, the Terriers won the NAC championship.
As a collegian, Anderson was a sprinter at the University of Vermont. He also developed into a world-class powerlifter, winning a prestigious overall world title in 2009. He ranked in the top five in the world for five straight years, and has received professional status in three different weight classes.
“It is truly an honor to be chosen as the next head coach of the cross country and track and field programs at Central Christian,” Anderson said. “I would like to thank President (Hal) Hoxie and (Athletic Director) Twiggs Reed for the opportunity to be a part of such a great institution. I know Central Christian is a sleeping giant and I am confident that we can build this into a national caliber team for many years to come.”
“Mike has had great success as a motivator and recruiter of quality student-athletes,” Reed said. “His teams have proven themselves winners in the classroom as well as on the cross country course and the track. I am thrilled to have someone with Mike’s past success and accomplishments joining our team.”
Anderson will finish his duties at Thomas College at the end of May. He and his wife, Amanda, will be moving to McPherson sometime in June and Anderson åwill start full-time with CCC beginning July 1.