Coach Larry Anderson Honored by New England Basketball Hall of Fame
Coming off one of the most successful campaigns in the program’s 101-year history that featured the team’s first ever berth in the NCAA Tournament, MIT men’s basketball coach Larry Anderson has been named the Division III New England College Coach of the Year by the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. Anderson will be honored at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, October 9 at the Mohegan Sun hotel in Uncasville, Conn.
Anderson was tabbed as the 2009 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year, after guiding his team to a program-record tying 21 wins, including a dramatic, first round upset of Rhode Island College in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Engineers also captured the NEWMAC Championship for the first time, defeating Babson College in the title game, 50-39.
On November 29, 2008 Anderson surpassed legendary headman Jack Barry as the Institute’s all-time winningest coach. He also received the 2006 NEWMAC Coach of the Year award. His career record at MIT stands at 180-185 over 14 seasons.
Anderson arrived at MIT via Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss., where he graduated in 1986. After a senior stint as captain, Anderson remained at his alma mater as an Assistant Coach. While maintaining his devotion to the game of hoops, he eventually assumed additional roles as the Associate Director of Athletics and Director of Student Activities.
—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff