By Jen Malti
Tobin Anderson has been officially announced as the new men’s head basketball coach, Athletic Director Bradford Hurlbut announced on Tuesday, May 3.
Anderson, a 1995 graduate of Wesleyan University, brings a high intensity offensive gameplan, was a four-year starter and captain, and is one of the leading scorers in program history with 1,129 points.
He started his coaching career as an assistant at Division III Clarkson University and after another stint as assistant coach, eventually returned to Clarkson as head coach in 1999.
Before coming to Fairleigh Dickinson, he coached for St. Thomas Aquinas for the past nine seasons.
At Aquinas, he earned seven consecutive NCAA Division II men’s basketball tournaments appearances and was voted five times as the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Coach of the Year.
Anderson is excited. “I feel at home here. I feel comfortable. Everybody’s been so welcoming to me and my family. So yeah, it feels great, it’s the same kind of atmosphere I felt like I had at Saint Thomas Aquinas, so we’re thrilled,” said Anderson.
Anderson is a big believer in a family atmosphere.
“You got to trust each other and count on each other and care for each other often,” Anderson said.
“ It’s like an osmosis kind of thing,the more you believe in each other and having that kind of relationship with one another, it becomes easier on the court. I’m a big believer of what happens off the court, happens on the court. You can’t be dysfunctional off the court and have a great team on the court,” said Anderson.
For next season, Anderson has one main goal.
“I’d just like us to compete on a nightly basis and just play our tails off. If we compete and play hard and play together, we’ll have a chance to win some games,” he said.
Anderson eager to get started as he is named new Men’s Basketball coach.
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