Joseph Anders Joins ASU Women's Basketball Staff

June 28, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - Joseph Anders has joined the Arizona State women's basketball staff, head coach Charli Turner Thorne announced this week.

Anders brings over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience to Arizona State, including a six-year stint from 1986 to 1992 as the head coach of the men's basketball team at Sacramento State. Anders comes to ASU after most recently spending one season as a women's basketball assistant at East Carolina University.

'Joseph Anders and I have known each other and been waiting for an opportunity to work with each other for quite a while,' Turner Thorne said. 'I can't wait for our players and fans to get to know Joseph. He is a wonderful coach and person. We are fortunate to have him on our staff.'

A native of Newport, Ark., Anders began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Arkansas-Monticello, in 1981. After spending one season as a graduate assistant there, Anders moved on to Wilmar (Ark.) High School where he served as athletics director and head coach of both the boys' and girls' basketball teams. While at Wilmar High School, Anders was named Arkansas Class B Coach of the Year, guided the boys' team to the 1982 state title and the girls to a runner-up finish at the 1984 state tournament.

In 1984, Anders returned to the collegiate ranks, spending one year as a women's assistant at the University of Arkansas before moving to Sacramento State as a men's basketball assistant coach. After one season as an assistant at Sacramento State, Anders was promoted to interim head coach of the men's program in December of 1986. In his first full season as head coach, Anders guided the Hornets to one of the best years in the school's history, posting a 22-6 record, advancing to the 1988 NCAA Division II Tournament and finishing the season ranked eighth in the nation. For his efforts, Anders was named Northern California Coach of the Year accolades, nominated for regional coach-of-the-year honors and promoted to head coach on a permanent basis the following year. Anders spent six seasons as the head coach at Sacramento State, turning in a 75-86 record.

From Sacramento State, Anders went to Northern Arizona University where he spent two seasons as a men's assistant coach (1992-94) and met Turner Thorne, who served as the head women's coach at NAU from 1993-96. During his tenure at NAU, the Lumberjacks posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in over a decade.

Following his stint at NAU, Anders spent two years as an assistant coach in the women's program at Mississippi State from (1994-96) and four seasons with the women's team at New Mexico State (1996-00) before heading to East Carolina.

Anders started his collegiate playing career at Southern Baptist Community College in Walnut Ridge, Ark., before transferring to Arkansas-Monticello for his final two seasons. A three-time all-conference selection as a player, Anders earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Arkansas-Monticello in 1980. He is married to the former Pamela Mason, and the couple has a daughter, Nicole.

'I am very excited to have this opportunity to work with Charli Turner Thorne and with one of the premier women's basketball programs in the country,' Anders said. 'With the resources and support we have, the potential for success at Arizona State is unlimited, and I am going to do everything I can to keep ASU at the top of the Pac-10 Conference and in the national spotlight.'

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