Avery Anderson heads into his second season as the head coach of the Matador men's and women's track & field teams. The 2013 season will be the ninth overall that Anderson has been a part of the coaching staff at Cal State Northridge.
Anderson brings to the Matadors a great deal of success at the highest levels of athletics. As a two-sport standout, Anderson played as a wide receiver in the NFL as well as competed at the world-class level as a decathlete. Since arriving at Northridge, his penchant for success has helped the Matador track and field program to unprecedented levels. In 5 years he has coached 2 NCAA Champions, including 2007 NCAA Long Jump Champion Dashalle Andrews who became the first individual men's NCAA Champion in CSUN history. The following spring in March 2008, Anderson coached freshman Reindell Cole to the NCAA Indoor National Championship, giving CSUN back to back national champions in the same event.
In 2009 the Matadors enjoyed one of its most successful track and field seasons as both the men's and women's teams easily outpaced its competition at the Big West Conference Championship meet. The men's team captured the title by scoring 176.5 points, 40 points more than it's closest competitor. Not to be outdone, the women's team scored 198 points to capture the title, winning by 83 points over the second place. Athletes coached by Anderson accounted for 127 of the 176 points scored for the men's team, and 163 of the 198 points scored for the women's team, while winning 13 events at the meet.
2009 also saw sophomore Reindell Cole post the top mark in the NCAA in the Long Jump with a leap of 26'11 ¾". Cole, who won the Texas Relays crown, was part of a trio of Matadors coached by Anderson to earn Athlete of the Meet honors at the Cal/Nevada Championships. Along with Deshawn Waters and Sherrina Lofton, the Matadors garnered 3 of the 4 athlete of the meet honors. This type of success is becoming much more common for Northridge athletes since Anderson's arrival at CSUN. While surprising to some, Anderson expects nothing less.
"Get used to it. That's CSUN track and field. My mission is to develop successful people. Not just on the track, but in the classroom, your career path, life, wherever. And that carries over to the track. I'm determined to develop athletes of all levels into great athletes who compete at the highest level. That's why you see Northridge athletes winning national championships, or Texas relays titles, or whatever. You may or may not have been the best coming here, but you're going to aspire to develop into the best by the time you leave here. I feel that if I can create that, the athletes will know that they can always do anything in life." This ideal was no more evident than in 2008 when Anderson coached individual athletes to the National Championships in the 100, 200, 400, the hurdles, long jump, triple jump, high jump and multi event competitions.
In his time at CSUN as the coach of sprints, hurdles, jumps, relays and multi event athletes, Anderson has coached athletes to 28 NCAA Championship berths, more than 60 NCAA regional qualifiers, and more than 150 marks to Northridge's all time record book.
Prior to returning to Northridge for his second stint, Anderson worked as a volunteer assistant at Kansas State(2002-2004) and UCLA(2001-2002). He worked as a volunteer assistant at Cal State Northridge during the 1999-2001 seasons while competing as a decathlete. Anderson still owns the CSUN complex record in the decathlon which he set in 2000 to qualify for the US Olympic Trials.
Before returning to the sport of track and field, Anderson played wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts from 1996-1997 before a back injury ended his career. A 1996 graduate of UCLA, Anderson earned degrees in Political Science and Sociology while competing in football and track. He was a member of the NCAA runner up 4x100 relay team his senior season, and played in the 1994 Rose Bowl.
Anderson married the former Bridget Pearson, who coaches the Matador pole vaulters, assists with the multi events, and is the strength and conditioning coach for the track and field team. The couple are the proud parents of their son, Andy.