Forrest "Forddy" Anderson (March 17, 1919 – October 25, 1999) was an American basketball coach. He was the first coach in NCAA history to take two different teams to the Final Four; Bradley in 1950 and 1954 and Michigan State in 1957.
Anderson from the 1953 Anaga
|Born||March 17, 1919|
|Died||October 25, 1999 (aged 80)|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||9–5 (NCAA / NCAA University Division)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|3 NCAA Regional—Final Four (1950, 1954, 1957)|
MVC regular season (1950)
2 Big Ten regular season (1957, 1959)
The Gary, Indiana native led his Ralph W. Emerson High to an IHSAA Sectional title in 1937; he was recruited to Stanford University 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).
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.
Forddy Anderson and his wife Constance "Pat" Anderson were the parents of four children, Constance, Barbara, Forrest Jr. (Frosty) and Tracey. Anderson died on October 25, 1999, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of 80, after suffering from complications due to pneumonia.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Drake Bulldogs (Missouri Valley Conference) (1946–1948)|
|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|
|Bradley Braves (Independent) (1951–1954)|
|Bradley:||142–56 (.717)||28–8 (.778)|
|Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Conference) (1954–1965)|
|1956–57||Michigan State||16–10||10–4||T–1st||NCAA University Division Final Four|
|1958–59||Michigan State||19–4||12–2||1st||NCAA University Division Elite Eight|
|Michigan State:||125–124 (.502)||69–85 (.448)|
Postseason invitational champion
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