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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Shorter stays in conference for new head men’s coach

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Wade Anderson

Another coaching vacancy at Shorter University has been filled after the school announced Wednesday that Wade Anderson will take the reins of the men’s basketball team.

It’s the third coaching hire announced by Shorter in the last two weeks.

Anderson will be the third head coach in four years for the Hawks, who have struggled in recent years to move out of the middle ranks of the Gulf South Conference. The team got some momentum from high-scoring senior guard Phil Taylor last season, but went 11-11 in conference play.

Now Shorter is looking to Anderson for some guidance after he served as an assistant at Christian Brothers University the last two seasons. The Buccaneers, who are also a member of the GSC, made two Gulf South Conference tournament appearances during Anderson’s time there, including a conference semifinals appearance in 2016-17 and an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA Division II tournament.

“My wife and I are extremely happy to be joining the Shorter family,” Anderson said in a release.

“We have learned throughout my coaching career to completely trust the Lord’s guidance in our lives, and we know He has amazing plans for us here. I am honored to lead the Shorter men’s basketball team, and I am excited to be able to mentor these young men both on and off the court.”

Anderson follows Tyler Murray, who was the Hawks’ head coach for two seasons after serving as an assistant for six. Shorter went 31-27 overall and 20-24 in conference play under Murray, who left in April to join the staff at Furman University as an assistant.

“We are excited to have Wade heading our men’s basketball program,” said Shorter University interim Athletic Director Aaron Kelton in a release.

“His knowledge of the conference and of the region should make the transition a smooth one. We are excited for the enthusiasm he is going to bring to our program. His having worked in the Gulf South Conference is a bonus for us in filling this position, and we look forward to working with him.”

At Christian Brothers, Anderson recruited and coached an All-South Region team member, two All-GSC players, and seven All-Academic team members.

“Coach Anderson has been successful in recruiting players who perform well both on the court and in the classroom,” said Shorter University President Don Dowless in a release. “Most importantly, he understands the positive impact he can have on the young men on his team. He is a man who loves the Lord and who brings that spirit into his professional life. We look forward to the contributions he will make at the helm of our men’s basketball program.”