Mike Anderson, formerly the head coach at Nebraska, was added as an assistant coach and hitting coach to Pete Hughes' first staff on July 9, 2013.
Sooner hitters excelled under Anderson in his first season at OU. The Oklahoma offense ranked second in the Big 12 with a .287 batting average and third in slugging percentage at .401. The Sooner bats also led the league with the lowest strikeout rate at 4.86 per game; 0.49 better than the next closest team. Oklahoma also improved from hitting .290 with runners in scoring position in 2013 to .304 in 2014.
Anderson coached the Huskers for nine seasons from 2003-11, leading them to a College World Series appearance in 2005. He owns a 337-196-2 career record and led Nebraska to a 125-116-1 record in the Big 12 Conference, including regular season championships in 2003 and 2005 as well as Big 12 Coach of the Year awards in those two seasons. The Huskers added a Big 12 Tournament Championship at the conclusion of 2005.
"Mike is one of the most accomplished head coaches in the profession," stated Hughes. "He has recruited players to teams that have gone on to Omaha. He is truly a first class human being."
In nine seasons, Nebraska made the NCAA Tournament five times, all in Anderson's first six seasons. The Huskers hosted an NCAA Regional on four occasions over that stretch, including 2006 when they earned a national seed for the first time in program history.
For the 2013 season, Anderson coached at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo.
Prior to being named the head coach, Anderson served as an assistant at Nebraska from 1994-02, helping the Huskers reach Omaha for the first time in 2001 and again in 2002. He made his debut coaching at the collegiate level in 1992 at his alma mater, Northern Colorado. Anderson also worked as a head coach at the Northern Colorado Lab School for four years as well as spending two seasons as a scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Anderson played outfield at Northern Colorado from 1983-86 and later returned to earn his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1990 after a three-year stint in the California Angels farm system.
Anderson was an eighth-round draft pick of the Angels in 1986 and spent three seasons with the Palm Springs Angels of the California League.
He and his wife Kim have four children: Kaleigh, Taylor, Madison and Andie.
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
AUGUST 21, 2013