October 25, 1929 |
Malad City, Idaho
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
115–52 (ABA regular season)
|Tournaments||6–10 (NCAA University Division / Division I)
|Accomplishments and honors|
|WAC regular season (1988)|
|WAC Coach of the Year (1988)|
LaDell Andersen (born October 25, 1929) is a former professional and collegiate basketball coach.
Born in Malad City, Idaho, Andersen attended Utah State University, where he became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was an All-Skyline Conference and an honorable mention All-American basketball player in 1951. He was also invited and competed in the 1952 United States Men’s Olympic Basketball team tryouts at New York City.
During his tenure as the Aggies head coach, Utah State made four appearances in the NCAA Basketball Tournament including a trip to the Elite Eight in 1970, losing to eventual champion UCLA. Andersen also led them to two appearances in the National Invitation Tournament. He compiled a record of 176–96 (.647) at the school from 1961 to 1971. Former LSU coaching great Dale Brown served as an assistant coach during Andersen's tenure. Andersen recommended Brown as his successor, but when USU officials rejected the idea, Brown went to Washington State for one season as an assistant before succeeding Press Maravich as LSU's coach.
Andersen was also the head coach of the American Basketball Association's Utah Stars for two seasons (1971–72 and 1972–73). Andersen had success with the team and led them to two Western Division regular season titles but both seasons were ended by the Indiana Pacers in the Western Division playoff finals. Andersen compiled a 115–43 (.684) regular season coaching record with the Stars. Despite his success with the Stars, Andersen resigned after his second season with the team.
He returned to Utah State University and was appointed as the school's athletic director in 1973. Andersen held the post for ten years until he was lured back into coaching again in 1983 for Brigham Young University (BYU).
Andersen coached the Cougars for six years and compiled a 114–71 (.616) record. BYU made four post season appearances including three in the NCAA Basketball Tournament and one in the National Invitation Tournament. He resigned as BYU head coach in 1989 and was replaced by Roger Reid.
Andersen continued to be involved in basketball acting as a scout and consultant for the NBA’s Utah Jazz organization, partly because of his connections with former Utah State player and longtime Jazz assistant Phil Johnson. It is believed that he was the person who scouted John Stockton and encouraged the Jazz to draft him when they did.
- Member of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame
- Named one of the Top 100 Most Accomplished People in the State of Utah, 1888-1998
Head coaching record
|Utah State Aggies (Mountain States Conference) (1961–1962)|
|1961–62||Utah State||22–7||12–2||2nd||NCAA University Division Regional Fourth Place|
|Utah State Aggies (NCAA University Division independent) (1962–1971)|
|1962–63||Utah State||20–7||NCAA University Division First Round|
|1963–64||Utah State||21–8||NCAA University Division Regional Fourth Place|
|1966–67||Utah State||20–6||NIT First Round|
|1969–70||Utah State||22–7||NCAA University Division Elite Eight|
|1970–71||Utah State||20–7||NCAA University Division First Round|
|BYU Cougars (Western Athletic Conference) (1983–1989)|
|1983–84||BYU||20–11||12–4||2nd||NCAA Division I Second Round|
|1986–87||BYU||21–11||12–4||2nd||NCAA Division I First Round|
|1987–88||BYU||26–6||13–3||1st||NCAA Division I Second Round|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
|Utah Stars Head Coach