Dave Anderson Named New Tiger Baseball Coach
June 13, 2000
MEMPHIS, TENN. - Dave Anderson, who built his baseball reputation as a Tiger player in the 1980s, has been hired to rebuild the program at The University of Memphis. Anderson comes to Memphis after managing in the Detroit Tiger organization for the past five years at the Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A levels. He replaces Jeff Hopkins (239-207-1) who had served as head coach at Memphis for the past eight years.
"This is a great day for this institution," said athletic director R.C. Johnson. "We wanted to find a baseball coach who was knowledgeable about the game, who was familiar with this university and someone who harbors deep feelings for this program. We wanted someone who could help us build a strong image in the community. I believe that we have covered all of our bases with the hiring of Dave Anderson."
A two-year Tiger baseball letterman, Anderson will receive a four-year contract that will pay him approximately $50,000 per season. His package will also provide a dealer car, as well as proceeds from summer camps.
Anderson, who signed with Memphis in 1978 as a quarterback, switched to baseball in the spring of 1980. Playing for former head coach Bobby Kilpatrick, Anderson immediately took over the shortstop position and set about rewriting the Tiger record book. He batted .397 in 1980 and helped his team to a record of 31-15. The Tigers lost in the finals of the Metro Conference Tournament to Florida State.
In 1981, Anderson and his Tiger teammates posted a record of 48-11-1. Despite losing to Florida State in the finals of the Metro Tournament, Memphis received a bid to the NCAA Tournament and was sent to Columbia, South Carolina. The 48 wins compiled by UM marked just the second time in school history that a Tiger team had broken the 40-game victory mark.
Anderson led the team in 1981 in hits with 87, runs scored with 76, home runs with 14, RBI with 61 and stolen bases with 39. He placed his name in the Memphis record book 14 times during his two-year career and still holds the UM record for stolen bases in a season. He is currently ranked in the top five in eight offensive categories.
During his two years on the diamond at Nat Buring Field, the Tigers posted a record of 52-5, including a 32-1 mark in 1981. The `81 squad had victories over such noted collegiate baseball teams as Tennessee, Notre Dame, South Alabama and Tulane.
Following his junior season, the St. Petersburg, Fla., native was drafted in the first round of the major league draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. After two all-star seasons in the minor leagues, Anderson was promoted to the parent club in 1983 and helped the Dodgers to the Western Division championship of the National League. In 1985 the Dodgers again won the Western Division title and in 1988 he reached the pinnacle of baseball when the Dodgers won the World Series Championship by defeating the Oakland A's.
Anderson left the Dodgers in 1990 to join the San Francisco Giants and remained with the Giants for two seasons. He returned to Los Angeles in 1992 and retired from baseball as a player in 1993. His professional playing career spanned ten years in the National League. He compiled a .240 lifetime batting average with 16 home runs and 135 rbi and participated in three National League Championship Series and one World Series, all with the Dodgers.
In 1994, Anderson's career in the major leagues took a different direction when he entered the coaching profession as a member of the Detroit Tiger organization. Anderson directed the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League and guided his team to the playoffs. He was voted the New York-Penn League's Manager of the Year. Anderson moved to the Single-A level in 1995 with the Lakeland Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. He remained in Single-A baseball for two years and was elevated to AA in Jacksonville (Fla.) in 1997.
Anderson directed his Jacksonville Suns to the Southern League Division title in 1998. After winning the opening round against Knoxville, the Suns lost the championship to Mobile. He was named as the manager for the Southern League All-Star team and was picked as the manager for the Double A American League All-Star team in New Haven, Conn.
This year, Anderson was promoted to Triple-A as the manager of the Toledo Mud Hens. He held that position until his resignation yesterday to accept the job as the Memphis coach.
Anderson and his wife Gina have two children, daughter Christa and son, Ryan.