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William Anderson

Basketball (Inducted 1976-77)


William  Anderson

Bill Anderson's contribution to Lafayette athletics spanned a 45-year period beginning in 1915. He joined Lafayette's varsity basketball team as a freshman. By the time he was graduated in 1919, Anderson had become the school's first 1,000 point scorer; spent two years as Lafayette's one and only player-coach; and captained the 1918-19 team. His scoring total of 1,211 points remained a Lafayette record for half a century.

Anderson coached Lafayette's basketball team for a total of 11 seasons (1917-19, 1920-25, 1945-49), racking up 139 wins and 82 losses (.629 winning percentage). He became Lafayette's athletic director in 1945 and his first post-war team won 17 of 20 games to produce the best record ever for a Lafayette basketball club. His 1948-49 squad was the first 20 game winner (20-9) in school history. In 1949, he decided to concentrate his energies as athletic director and remained in that position until 1960.