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Frank Anderson has enjoyed prominent success on every step of his coaching journey through college baseball, and he will look to continue his winning ways as he enters his ninth year as the head coach at Oklahoma State.
In his first eight seasons in Stillwater, Anderson has led OSU to six NCAA Regional appearances, where twice the Cowboys have been No. 1 seeds. The Cowboys recorded at least 41 wins in three-straight seasons (2006-08) and advanced to the second Super Regional in school history in 2007. From 2006-09, OSU was the only Big 12 team to advance to the finals of an NCAA Regional each year.
After establishing himself as one of college baseball's top assistant coaches, Anderson took over the Oklahoma State baseball program as its 14th head coach on June 25, 2003, bringing with him a passion for returning Cowboy baseball to one of college baseball's elite programs.
"Baseball-wise, it's a really exciting time for me to be named head coach," Anderson said during his introductory press conference. "I've had opportunities before, but they didn't really fit. I think this is going to be a good fit for all of us. When the players, the coaching staff and the administrative people get together, I think it will be a good experience and a lasting experience. I look forward to it and appreciate the opportunity.
"What intrigued me the most was probably the college atmosphere and the community, how it gets involved, and the tradition of OSU baseball. They have had a lot of success, and I thought it was a good fit. This is one of the schools that can compete for a national championship every year."
Anderson made an immediate impact in his first season as the head man by leading OSU to an NCAA Regional for the first time since 2001.
Under Anderson's direction, the Cowboys captured the 2004 Big 12 Tournament crown in Arlington, Texas. It was the Cowboys' first ever Big 12 title and first conference tournament championship since winning the Big Eight tourney in 1996. OSU finished fourth in the Big 12 regular season standings, its highest finish since 1999. In fact, Anderson had the Cowboys in the running for their first Big 12 regular season championship well into the final month of the regular season.
In 2005, Anderson's Cowboys finished 34-25, including beating eventual national champion Texas twice and also topping College World Series participant Baylor two times. OSU also had the top freshman in the Big 12 in outfielder Corey Brown.
Year three of the Anderson era was another step forward. The Cowboys finished 41-20 and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994. OSU's 41 wins was its most since the 2001 season, and the .672 winning percentage was the program's highest since 1999.
The 2006 season was highlighted by a late-season surge that saw OSU win 21 of its final 25 regular season games. The Cowboys were 15-3 in Big 12 play during that span and won their final six conference series to finish second in the regular season standings at 18-9. The second-place finish was OSU's highest ever in the 10-year history of the Big 12.
OSU, which was picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 race in the preseason, climbed to as high as No. 12 in the national polls in 2006, which marked its highest ranking since 1999. The Cowboys were in the polls throughout the final two months of the season and finished 2006 ranked No. 23.
Anderson and the Cowboys topped the '06 campaign with their best showing in nearly a decade in 2007 as OSU advanced to within one win of a College World Series berth.
The '07 Cowboys finished 42-21 and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons under Anderson. OSU won a Regional championship, defeating No. 7 national seed Arkansas twice on its home field to advance to a Super Regional for just the second time in school history. The Cowboys finished the season ranked as high as No. 18 in the national polls.
Anderson guided the Cowboys to another banner year in 2008 as OSU finished with a 44-18 mark, its third-consecutive 40-win season and its most-ever wins under Anderson.
OSU finished the '08 season with the second-most wins in the Big 12 and also had the second-highest winning percentage (.710) in the league. The Cowboys finished second in the conference standings with an 18-9 mark, which marked their third-straight top-three finish in the league.
The Cowboys also earned a No. 1 NCAA Regional seed for the second time under Anderson and hosted an NCAA Regional in Stillwater for the first time since 1997.
OSU was ranked in the national polls throughout the season, including being ranked in the Top 10 for the final five weeks of the regular season. OSU was ranked as high as 5th in 2008, and the Cowboys finished the season ranked No. 17 by Baseball America and the NCBWA and 18th in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll and by Collegiate Baseball.
Included in OSU's impressive 2008 season was a 15-9 mark against ranked teams, including nine wins over teams ranked in the Top 10. OSU also became the first-ever Big 12 team to sweep a league series against Texas on its home field, and its sweep of the Longhorns in April marked the first time UT had been swept in a three-game series in Austin since 1996.
OSU led the Big 12 in batting average (.326) and earned run average (3.98) in 2008 and also ranked in the top 18 nationally in those categories.
In 2009, the Cowboys had 10 wins against ranked teams, including three top-10 victories, and advanced to the championship round of the NCAA Clemson Regional.
The 2011 season was highlighted by another NCAA tourney appearance and fourth-place finish in the Big 12. The Cowboys won four-straight league series for the first time since 2008 and appeared in the national rankings for seven consecutive weeks.
Adding to the 2011 achievements, the OSU pitching staff turned in a 3.79 ERA, its lowest since 1974, and tossed seven shutouts, the most by a Cowboy staff since 1986.
As the pitching coach at Texas from 2000-03, Anderson was a key force behind the Longhorns run to the national title in 2002. Considered one of the top pitching coaches in the country, Anderson developed a pitching staff that helped lead UT to three College World Series appearances during his time in Austin.
His staffs at Texas led the conference in team ERA in each of his four seasons and finished in the top five in the nation three times. In 2003, Anderson's staff compiled a 3.50 ERA, which was in the top 15 in the NCAA. The UT staff recorded sparkling team ERAs of 2.82 in 2002, 3.17 in 2001 and 3.30 in 2000 and also posted the program's best team ERA since 1983 (2.72) and the second-lowest ERA nationally during the 2002 campaign.
Prior to his run at Texas, Anderson spent nine seasons (1990-99) as an assistant coach at Texas Tech under Larry Hays. During his tenure in Lubbock, the Red Raiders not only won 71.3 percent of their games, but also averaged 43 wins each season and earned five consecutive NCAA Regional berths from 1995-1999. In addition, besides helping lead Texas Tech to the Big 12 Championship in 1997 and the conference tournament title in 1998, Anderson helped guide the Red Raiders to their first-ever Southwest Conference (SWC) crown and the school's first NCAA appearance in 1995 behind a school-record 51-14 mark.
A native of Grant, Neb., Anderson graduated from Emporia State in Kansas in 1983 and received his master's degree from the school in 1985. Prior to attending ESU, Anderson was a junior college All-American at Mid-Plains Junior College in North Platte, Neb., and then an All-District and All-Area outfielder at Kearney State, an NAIA baseball powerhouse located in Nebraska.
Upon completing his bachelor's degree in physical education, Anderson began his coaching career at Emporia State while working on his Master's degree. He helped the Hornets reach the 1984 NAIA World Series and then accepted the assistant coaching position at Howard Junior College in Big Spring, Texas in 1987. Once there, Anderson became an integral part of constructing one of the nation's top junior college programs. Over his three seasons, the Hawks not only ranked among the top 20 junior colleges in the country, but also had 26 of Anderson's pupils drafted by major league clubs.
In 1991, Howard claimed the Junior College World Series title with a team primarily recruited by its former assistant coach, who had left at the beginning of that season to join Larry Hays' staff at Texas Tech as the club's pitching instructor.
Anderson and his wife Sandra have two children: a son, Brett, who is a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, and a teenage old daughter, Katelyn.
Has led OSU to six NCAA Regional appearances in eight seasons
While at OSU has coached 15 All-Americans, three Freshman All-Americans, 58 All-Big 12 players, the 2007 conference player of the year and the 2011 conference newcomer of the year
Cowboys have topped the 40-win mark three times
Guided OSU to Big 12 Tournament Title and an NCAA Regional in firstseason as head coach in 2004
Led OSU to its best-ever finish in the Big 12 (second) and a No. 1 seedin the NCAA Tournament in 2006 and 2008
Led the Cowboys to 42 wins and a Super Regional appearance in 2007
Cowboys reached the finals of an NCAA Regional for four-straight years from2006-09
Helped lead Texas to the 2002 NCAA national title and three College WorldSeries appearances in his four years in Austin
Under his guidance, Texas' pitching staff led the Big 12 in ERA in eachof his four seasons there and was ranked in the top five in the nation three times
During his tenure at Texas Tech (1990-99), the team won 71.3 percentof its games and averaged 43 wins each season
Was a part of the coaching staff on 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament teamsfrom 1995-2004