Larry Anderson waited nine years for the right
opportunity to build a basketball program. In September of
1995 his patience was rewarded when he was named the 18th
Men's Basketball Coach in MIT history. He inherited a young
team, lacking experience. However, he remains optimistic about
the future of the MIT basketball program.
Native of Macon, MS, Anderson played his high
school basketball for Willie Tripplet at Noxubee High School.
When he left Noxubee, he spent two years at East Mississippi
Junior College. He then moved on to Rust College, where he
played basketball under Naylon Hayes.
Anderson began his coaching career in 1986 as
a student assistant with Hayes. In his first season there,
the Bearcats of Rust earned a berth to the NCAA tournament.
Immediately following his graduation in 1987, Anderson remained
at Rust being hired as the Director of Student Activities
and Assistant Basketball Coach. Under his new mentor Rodney
Stennis, Anderson helped bring the Bearcats national recognition,
ranking as high as #4 in the country.
At the same time, Anderson worked towards and
earned a Master Degree in Education from the University of
Mississippi. He is also working towards his Ph.D. in Education.
In addition to those accomplishments, Anderson
became the youngest elected alderman in the city of Holly Springs,
MS, serving in that capacity for seven years. He has also
served on various boards and is a member of the National Association
of Basketball Coaches, the Black Coaches Association, and
the New England Basketball Coaches Association.
In addition to coaching Basketball at MIT, Anderson
is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Education Department.
He currently lives in Cambridge with his wife Dawn, and his
beautiful children Skyy and Paul.