Maryland Hires Army AD Kevin Anderson To Same Position

September 04, 2010 | Ryan Chell

The University of Maryland announced Saturday that it has found a replacement for the vacated athletic director spot left by Debbie Yow, who recently left College Park in July after 16 years on the job to take the same position at N.C. State, where her sister, Kay, coached women’s basketball for over 30 years.

On Tuesday, Army AD Kevin Anderson is likely to be introduced as the school’s new athletic director when he meets with the school’s staff, and will step right into Yow’s old position and removes Randy Eaton from the job of interim athletic director.

Kevin Anderson

“I will confirm it’s Kevin Anderson,” senior associate AD Kathy Worthington told The Sun’s Jeff Barker.

“Kevin has built a solid program of competitive and academic success at the U.S. Military Academy, supporting the student-athlete and demonstrating that academics and athletics can go hand in hand,” said Dr.Wallace Loh, the school’s new president. “I am convinced that his leadership will raise Maryland Athletics to even greater heights. We are delighted to welcome Kevin into the Terrapin family.”

Maryland’s 16-man athletic search, headed by  Loh and which included the likes of former Maryland greats like Len Elmore, whittled down their search to three candidates: Buffalo AD Warde Manuel, UConn AD Kevin Hathaway( a Maryland grad), and Anderson, with Anderson expected to be the school’s choice.

Anderson, the first African-American ever selected to be athletic director at West Point, was introduced as the athletic director at West Point in 2004, and since taking the job has helped improved the athletic program and focus at Army.

In his first season on the job, he brought the school a national title in rifle, and sent seven of its 25 programs to the NCAA Tournament. 17 of the 25 programs finished with winning records in the Patriot League that same year.

2004-2005 was also the first time in 27 years that Navy finished with a winning record over the Naval Academy, and to some at West Point, that’s all the matters.

He was also a big part in securing TV deals for the annual Army-Navy football game every year with CBS until 2018, and also has brokered deals to play Notre Dame in Yankee Stadium.

Army Navy

He led the effort to renovate and revitalize the famous Michie Stadium at West Point, and had several new athletic facilities built on campus to better help the recruits at their athletic and educational activities.

He also brokered deals with Nike and ESPN for his fooball programs, continuing to bring money into the school, as well as showing his philanthropic side as well, as the school established records for annual giving each of the five years at West Point.

Anderson spent nearly 20 years as an associate athletic director at Oregon State and Cal, and was an integral part in building up the Beavers’ football program and was credited with the hire of coach Mike Riley to the program.

Mike Riley

He would do the same when he took on the full AD job at Army, hiring Rich Ellerson as the 36th coach of the program in the last several years.

And much like Debbie Yow at Maryland, Anderson balanced the budget at Oregon State for the first time in 15 years under his direction.

He will now step into a program at the University of Maryland with 27 athletic programs and a 55 million dollar budget.

And with the hire of Riley, he could be asked to lead the search again if Maryland should decide to not bring back Ralph Friedgen or offensive coordinator-head coach in waiting James Franklin-after this year.

Ralph Friedgen

Anderson has also served on several full-time selection committees for the NCAA, including the McLendon Minority Scholarship Committee, the Basketball Academic Enhancement Group, as well as being named the VP of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the third person named to the job.

He will be introduced later next week.

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