New Mexico Women's Basketball Announces the Addition of Assistant Coach Joseph Anders

May 24, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- University of New Mexico head women's basketball coach Yvonne Sanchez is pleased to announce Joseph Anders as a new addition to the Lobos' staff.

Anders comes to UNM from Arizona State where he spent 11 years with the women's basketball program, serving as Associate Head Coach and Interim Head Coach in 2011-12.

The Newport, Ark., native brings over 25 years of coaching experience spanning across a variety of levels and both men's and women's hoops.

Anders' tie to New Mexico and coach Sanchez can be traced back to the late 1990s when both coaches worked with the women's program at in-state rival New Mexico Sate. Sanchez was with the Aggies from 1993-99 while Anders joined NMSU's staff in 1996 and stayed until 2000.

The newest addition to the Lobo women's staff has a had several experiences with basketball and sport, with his roles ranging from athlete to administrator at a variety of levels and with a number of teams.

Anders played his first two seasons of college basketball at Southern Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Ark., and completed his collegiate career at the University of Arkansas-Monticello. He graduated from Arkansas-Monticello in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and stuck around his alma mater for one season, working as a student assistant with the men's team.

In 1982 Anders moved on to Wilmar High School in Arkansas, wearing several hats during his three years there -- assistant boys basketball coach, teacher, athletics director, head boys and girls basketball coach and head coach of track and field. During his time at Wilmar, Anders was honored as Arkansas Class B Coach of the Year, led the boys' team to the 1982 state title and guided the girls' team to a runner-up finish in the 1984 state tournament.

He returned to college hoops in the mid 1980s, spending one season as the assistant women's basketball coach at the University of Arkansas.

In 1985 Anders began a six-year stint at Sacramento State, serving as the assistant men's coach before being named interim head coach in December 1986.

He continued on as interim head coach from 1987-88 and led the Hornets to one of the most successful seasons in school history, posting a 22-6 mark and making it to the 1988 NCAA Division II Tournament. Sacramento State finished that season ranked eighth in the nation and Anders earned Northern California Coach of the Year honors and was nominated for Regional Coach of the Year distinction. Following that season, he was promoted to head coach, producing a 75-86 record while helping the program move to Division I in 1991-92.

Anders spent 1992-94 as the assistant coach for the men's basketball team at Northern Arizona, helping the Lumberjacks post back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in more than 10 years.

After his time at NAU, Anders returned to women's hoops, serving as the assistant coach at Mississippi State from 1994-96, four seasons at NMSU (1996-00) and one season at East Carolina before joining the Sun Devils.