Wayne D. Anderson

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Wayne Anderson
File:Wayne D. Anderson.jpg
Sport(s) Basketball, Baseball
Biographical details
Born (1930-12-10)December 10, 1930
Spokane, Washington
Died January 16, 2013(2013-01-16) (aged 82)
Lewiston, Idaho
Alma mater University of Idaho, 1953
Playing career
1949-1953 Idaho (football, baseball)
Position(s) Quarterback, Pitcher
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1957–1966 Idaho (assistant)
1966–1974 Idaho
1958–1966 Idaho
1957–1960 Idaho (assistant)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1971–1974 Idaho - (assistant)
1982–1994 Idaho - (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 87–116 (.429) - basketball
Accomplishments and honors
Big Sky: 1964, 1966 (baseball)
Big Sky: coach of the year
- baseball: 1966 [1]
- basketball: 1968 [2]

Wayne Delbert Anderson (December 10, 1930 – January 16, 2013) was an American college basketball coach, the head coach at the University of Idaho for eight seasons. He was also the head baseball coach at Idaho, his alma mater, for nine seasons, and the assistant athletic director for fifteen years.[3]

Playing career

Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, Anderson graduated from Rogers High School in 1949, where he was a star athlete.[4] He enrolled at the University of Idaho in Moscow, 100 miles (160 km) south, and was a two-sport athlete for the Vandals, then a member of the Pacific Coast Conference. Anderson was the starting quarterback[5] and nationally-ranked punter[6] on the football team and a pitcher on the baseball team[7] (and also played basketball as a freshman).[8] During his senior year, he was elected class president.[9] He was a member of Delta Chi fraternity.[10]


Following graduation in 1953, Anderson coached a year in Roseburg, Oregon, and then served two years in the U.S. Army.[11] He returned to the university in 1956 to run its intramural program and work on his master's degree. In the summer of 1957, he was promoted to assistant coach in basketball and football, and became the head baseball coach for the 1958 season.[11]


The baseball team won the inaugural Big Sky title in 1964[12] and again in 1966, led by starting pitchers Bill Stoneman and Frank Reberger. The 1966 team was 31–7 in the regular season and made the NCAA playoffs for the first time;[13][14] the Vandals eliminated Colorado State and Air Force with three straight victories the road in Greeley, Colorado.[15] One step from the College World Series in Omaha, the Vandals fell 3–2 and 8–5 to Arizona in Tucson in the District 7 finals, today's "super-regionals" (sweet 16).[16] Idaho finished the season at 34-9 and Anderson was named Big Sky baseball coach of the year.[1][17]


That September, Anderson was promoted to head coach in basketball, and stopped coaching baseball.[18][19] He had been an assistant for eight years to the previous four head coaches in basketball. In his second season in 1968, he was named conference coach of the year.[2] In 1971, he took on additional duties as assistant athletic director.[20] After his eighth season as head basketball coach, Anderson resigned both positions in March 1974 and stopped coaching.[21] He returned to the university in 1982 as the assistant athletic director,[22] and stayed for another dozen years, retiring in December 1994.[23][24]

Anderson is a member of the Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame[22][25] and the University of Idaho's Athletic Hall of Fame.[26]


Anderson died at age 82 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston on January 16, 2013.[3][27]

Head coaching record

College basketball

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Idaho Vandals (Big Sky) (1966–1974)
1966-67 Idaho 13-10 5-5 3rd
1967-68 Idaho 15-11 9-6 2nd
1968-69 Idaho 11-15 6-9 3rd
1969-70 Idaho 10-15 6-9 4th
1970-71 Idaho 14-12 8-6 2nd
1971-72 Idaho 5-20 2-12 8th
1972-73 Idaho 7-19 3-11 7th
1973-74 Idaho 12-14 5-9 6th
Idaho: 87-116 44-67
Total: 87–116

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion



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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Big Sky selects Anderson as year's top hoop coach". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. March 8, 1968. p. 17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Idaho legend Anderson dies at 82". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. January 16, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Rogers honors inductees". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. October 22, 2009. Retrieved April 11, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  11. 11.0 11.1 "Idaho coaches keep busy at pre-season school". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. August 20, 1957. p. 8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Vandals defeat Weber for title". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. May 17, 1964. p. 12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Vandals get playoff berth". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. May 19, 1966. p. 10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Idaho nine in tough-but ready". Spokesman-Review. Washington. May 26, 1966. p. 18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Arizonans next on Idaho list in bid for nationals". Tri-City Herald. June 2, 1966. p. 19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Arizona downs Idaho 3-2; Vandals victim of 1-hitter". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. June 4, 1966. p. 8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Arizona Wildcats defeat Vandals". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. June 5, 1966. p. 10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Idaho hoop pick due; Anderson seen choice". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. September 8, 1966. p. 25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "Idaho picks hoop coach". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. September 10, 1966. p. 11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. "Idaho tabs Wayne Anderson assistant sports director". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. January 14, 1971. p. 15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. "Anderson resigns as Idaho cage coach". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. March 5, 1974. p. 25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. 22.0 22.1 "Five inductees set for Idaho hall". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. March 6, 1988. p. 7C.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. "Idaho". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. September 2, 1995. p. C7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. "Anderson roast set for Tuesday". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho-Washington. December 9, 1994. p. 1C.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  25. idahoathletichalloffame.org - members - accessed 2012-04-12
  26. Go Vandals.com - UI Athletics - Wayne Anderson - 2011-06-09
  27. "Wayne D. Anderson, 82, of Moscow". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho-Washington. January 17, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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