June 10, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Avery Anderson, who for the last seven years has been a major contributor to one of the Big West Conference's most prolific track &âfield programs, has been named head track andâfield coach at Cal State Northridge. Anderson succeeds Don Strametz who retired after 31 years as the head coach of the women's team and 26 at the helm of the men's program.
"Avery's experience, as an assistant coach at Northridge over the past seven years, including the recent run of conference championships of both men's and women's teams, positions our new coach and program for success in the future," said Cal State Northridge Athletic Director Rick Mazzuto. "After an extensive search, I am confident that our men's and women's track & field programs, under Coach Anderson's leadership, will consistently be among the best programs in the nation as well as the BigâWest Conference."
"First, I would like to thank Rick Mazzuto, and the rest of the administration at Cal State Northridge, as well as Tom Ford and those who were involved in the selection process," said Anderson. "I am honored that they believe I am the right person to lead the Matador track and field program into the future. Iâalso wish to thank Don Strametz for serving as a mentor to me. In addition I especially want to thank Don for the decades he put into leading the CSUN program to where it is today."
During the past seven seasons, the Matadors have won 11 conference championships including six BigâWest Women's Outdoor Championships. In addition, The CSUNâmen have won four Big West Outdoor titles since Anderson began his second stint on the coaching staff in 2005.
"Our goal is to continue winning Big West Conference Championships but also to make our presence felt on the national stage, while continuing to produce a large number of students who excel academically," added Anderson.
Since arriving at Northridge, Anderson has helped the Matador track &âfield program to unprecedented levels of success. He has coached two NCAAâChampions including 2007 NCAAâOutdoor Long Jump Champion DaShalle Andrews who became the first individual men's NCAAâChampion in school history. The following spring, Anderson made it back-to-back NCAA Long Jump champions as freshman ReindellâCole won the 2008 NCAAâIndoor title.
In his time at CSUN as the coach of sprints, hurdles, jumps, relays and multi event athletes, Anderson has coached athletes to 30 NCAA Championship berths, more than 70 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 NFL 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 is married to the former Bridget Pearson, who coaches the Matador pole vaulters, multi-event athletes and is the strength and conditioning coach for the track and field team. The couple have a one-year old son, Andy.