Nittany Lions open 2014 at Gardner Webb on Friday, Feb. 14
Brian Anderson joined Rob Cooper's coaching staff in August 2013. At Penn State, Anderson will be primarily coaching the Nittany Lion pitching staff and catchers.
Anderson comes to University Park from Radford University, where he joined the coaching staff in July 2007 and played a key role in engineering the revitalization of the Highlander program.
Anderson's duties at Radford included serving as the Highlanders' pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, along with assisting in the day-to-day operations of the program, including practice, game-day preparation and scouting.
In his recruiting duties, Anderson helped the Highlanders land major contributors to the success of the program. Under his tutelage, 12 recruits earned all-conference honors, 10 recruits ranked in Radford career top 10 statistical categories, and the 2012 senior class posted the most wins in a four-year stretch in program history with 115.
Anderson both recruited and developed Eddie Butler, who came to Radford as a 35th-round MLB Draft selection in 2009 and left three seasons later as the first player in Big South conference history to be drafted in the first round (46th overall). Butler earned Big South Pitcher of the Year honors in 2012, a first for a Radford pitcher.
Along with Butler, Eric Evans and Mark Peterson continued their post-Radford careers to professional baseball. Evans went from the most single-season losses in program history to a 23rd round selection of the Rangers in 2008, and Peterson was a free agent signee of the Royals in 2012.
In addition to pro success, Anderson's pitchers set Radford program records. Butler matched a school wins record in 2011 and set the program's ERA record in 2012. At the back end of games, Abram Williams became the school's all-time career and season saves leader.
Anderson spent the two years prior to arriving at Radford as a volunteer assistant at the University of Virginia. He worked directly with the Cavalier catchers and assisted with the day-to-day development of the hitters. During his time in Charlottesville, the Cavaliers finished 19th in the nation in batting average (.322) while setting school records in hits, RBIs and total bases.
Before moving to Virginia, Anderson served as an assistant coach at Marist College. He helped lead the Red Foxes to the 2005 MAAC title and a berth in the 2005 Baton Rouge Regional.
A native of Chesapeake, Va., Anderson got his coaching start at his alma mater, spending one year as a volunteer assistant at George Mason, coaching catchers and assisting in hitting instruction. He also was the first base coach for the Patriots.
A standout catcher at Mason, Anderson was a four-year starter that ranks in the Patriots' all-time top 10 in eight statistical categories. Following graduation, Anderson inked a free-agent deal with the Expos organization, and played the 2002 season with the Vermont Expos of the New York-Penn League.
Anderson earned a degree in communications from George Mason in 2002. He is married to the former Colleen Bowles.