Forddy Anderson

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Forddy Anderson
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1919-03-17)March 17, 1919
Gary, Indiana
Died October 26, 1999(1999-10-26) (aged 80)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Alma mater Stanford
Playing career
1937–1941 Stanford
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1946–1948
1948–1954
1954–1965
1965–1970
Drake
Bradley
Michigan State
Hiram Scott
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1965–1970 Hiram Scott
Head coaching record
Overall 299–203 (.596)
Tournaments NCAA: 9-5 (.643)
NIT: 4-3 (.571)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NCAA Runner-up (1950, 1954)
NCAA Final Four (1957)
NIT Runner-up (1950)
MVC Champion (1950)
2x Big Ten Champion (1957, 1959)

Forrest "Forddy" Anderson (March 17, 1919 – October 25, 1999)[1] was an American basketball coach. Anderson holds the distinction of being the first coach in NCAA history to take two different teams to the Final Four; Bradley in 1949-50, 1953–54 and Michigan State in 1956-57.

Biography[edit]

The Gary, Indiana, native led his Ralph W. Emerson High to a IHSAA Sectional title in 1937; he was recruited to Stanford by fellow Indiana native Everett Dean. Anderson was named All-Pacific Coast after the 1940–41 season; after Pearl Harbor was attacked, he joined the US Navy and spent two years at Great Lakes Training Facility, where he played basketball for Tony Hinkle. After completing his Stanford degree in 1946, he was hired as the basketball coach at Drake University. Anderson was considered one of the most innovative coaches of his era and served a combined 24 seasons as head men's basketball coach at Drake University (1946–1948), Bradley University (1948–1954), Michigan State University (1954–1965) and Hiram Scott College (1965–1970).[2]

He twice led his Bradley teams to the NCAA Finals (1950 and 1954). His 1950 team also finished as the NIT runner-up; he moved to Michigan State, where his 1956–57 Big Ten Champion Michigan State club finished 4th in the tournament and his 1958-59 Michigan State team lost in the Elite Eight (regional finals). He was fired in the spring of 1965, whereupon he was recruited to assist in creating the athletic department at Hiram Scott College. After Hiram Scott closed its doors, he was the Head Coach of Peru's national team during the 1970–71 FIBA seasons and then began a long career as a collegiate scout for the Boston Celtics during the 1980s and 1990s. He was instrumental in many of the Celtics' draft picks during that era.[citation needed]

He died on October 2, 1999, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of 80, after suffering from complications due to pneumonia.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Drake Bulldogs (Missouri Valley Conference) (1946–1948)
1946–47 Drake 18–11 8–4 T–2nd
1947–48 Drake 14–12 5–5 3rd
Drake: 32–23 (.582) 13–9 (.591)
Bradley Braves (Missouri Valley Conference) (1948–1951)
1948–49 Bradley 27–8 6–4 3rd NIT Fourth Place
1949–50 Bradley 32–5 11–1 1st NCAA Runner-up
NIT Runner-up
1950–51 Bradley 32–6 11–3 2nd
Bradley Braves (Independent) (1951–1954)
1951–52 Bradley 17–12
1952–53 Bradley 15–12
1953–54 Bradley 19–13 NCAA Runner-up
Bradley: 142–56 (.717) 28–8 (.778)
Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Conference) (1954–1965)
1954–55 Michigan State 13–9 8–6 4th
1955–56 Michigan State 13–9 7–7 5th
1956–57 Michigan State 16–10 10–4 T–1st NCAA Final Four
1957–58 Michigan State 16–6 9–5 2nd
1958–59 Michigan State 19–4 12–2 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1959–60 Michigan State 10–11 5–9 8th
1960–61 Michigan State 7–17 3–11 9th
1961–62 Michigan State 8–14 3–11 T–9th
1962–63 Michigan State 4–16 3–11 9th
1963–64 Michigan State 14–10 8–6 T–4th
1964–65 Michigan State 5–18 1–13 10th
Michigan State: 125–124 (.502) 69–85 (.448)
Total: 299–203 (.596)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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