Wayne Anderson

Wayne Anderson (1930-2013)

Teams coached: Idaho Vandals
Idaho record: 88-117 (.429)
Overall record: 88-117 (.429)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1966-1974 Idaho
1957-1966 Idaho (asst)

Wayne Anderson Facts

  • Wayne Delbert Anderson
  • Born December 10, 1930
  • Died January 16, 2013
  • Hometown: Spokane, Washington
  • Alma Mater: University of Idaho (BA, 1953 & M.Ed, 1956)
  • Was a star athlete at Rogers HS in Spokane, then played football and baseball for the neighboring Idaho Vandals
    • Started at quarterback and punted for the football and was a pitcher in baseball; named class president as a senior
  • After a year coaching in Roseburg, OR, Anderson joined the United States Army and served for two years
  • Returned to his alma mater in 1956 to run the intramural program and then a year later began his coaching career
    • Became an assistant coach in both football and basketball in 1957 and a year later became the head baseball coach
    • Led the baseball team for eight seasons (1958-66), winning two Big Sky titles and nearly reached the College World Series in 1966
    • Was an assistant football coach for four total seasons (1957-1960) under head coach Skip Stahley
  • Spent nine seasons as an assistant basketball coach, working under Harlan Hodges, Dave Strack, Joe Cipriano and Jim Goddard
    • Took over as head coach in 1966 and led the program for eight seasons, going 88-117 overall and earning Big Sky COY honors in 1968
  • In addition to his basketball coaching duties, he served as assistant athletic director from 1971-74 and then again from 1982-94
  • Inducted in the state of Idaho Athletic HOF (class of 1988) and the University of Idaho Athletic HOF (charter class of 2007)
  • Passed away in 2013 from cancer at the age of 82; survived by his wife, Ellie, their four children and ten grandchildren

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