August 21, 2008

Former GCSU All-American Named Assistant Coach at Temple

adapted from Temple press release

PHILADELPHIA - Former Georgia College & State University outfielder Brandon Anderson (2006-07), an All-American and professional baseball player who played two seasons at Gloucester County College under current Temple head coach Rob Valli, has been named an assistant baseball coach for the Owls. Anderson is currently in his second season playing professional baseball for the Kalamazoo Kings of the Frontier League.

"Brandon has always been an extremely talented and highly motivated student of the game, so his transition from player to coach should be easy," Valli said. "He will be an excellent coach and role model for our team."

"Ever since my college days, I hoped to someday coach with Coach Valli," Anderson said. "I'm looking forward to helping the Owls reach the NCAA Tournament."

Anderson, a native of Wayland, Mass. (Wayland HS), was drafted in the 41st round by the Colorado Rockies in the 2003 Major League Draft, but decided to join Valli at Gloucester CC instead. He earned all-region and all-conference honors as a freshman in 2004, leading the Roadrunners to the NJCAA Division III College World Series after batting a team-best .405 with five home runs, 36 RBI and 14 stolen bases.

In 2005, he batted .374 with three home runs, 32 RBI and 22 steals to propel GCC to the NJCAA Division III National Championship. He also repeated as an all-region and all-conference selection. Anderson finished his career as the all-time hits leader at GCC.

After graduating from Gloucester, he played two seasons at Georgia College, where he was a Second Team Division II All-American as a junior in 2006. He batted .354 with 18 doubles, seven homers, 65 RBI and 23 steals to also pick up First Team All-Region and All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) honors. The Bobcats reached both the PBC and NCAA Division II Regional finals that season, finishing with a 53-12 record.

As a senior in 2007, Anderson batted .305 with four home runs, 45 RBI and 11 steals to earn all-region honors for the second straight year at Georgia College. The Bobcats also reached the NCAA South Atlantic Regional Tournament and finished with a 46-16 record.

He made his professional debut after signing with the Kalamazoo Kings of the Frontier League in July 2007. Anderson played 16 games with the Kings last summer and is currently batting .289 with eight homers, 32 RBI and 27 steals for Kalamazoo this season.

Anderson made his coaching debut this spring as an assistant at Concord-Carlisle (MA) High School, helping C-C to a second place finish in the Dual County Conference, Small Division standings.