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Army’s Anderson to be Maryland AD

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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

Army’s Kevin Anderson will be named Maryland’s next athletic director, according to officials at the school.

“I will confirm it is Kevin Anderson,” senior associate athletic director Kathy Worthington said.

Anderson will be introduced on campus on Tuesday. He will be Maryland’s first African-American athletic director, just as he was the first African-American to head up the department at one of the military service academies.

Anderson, an Army sergeant’s son who attended San Francisco State, has worked in athletics at Army, Oregon State, Cal and Stanford.

“I’ve always been fortunate to have strong, black male role models in my life, starting with my father, Ralph, and uncles,” Anderson told Army News Service when he was hired at West Point in 2005. “My father was a sergeant in the Army and that’s how he raised us and instilled education, values and caring.”

He spent his early working life at Xerox Corporation. A search committee member said the panel was impressed with his marketing skills — an important consideration given that Maryland teams compete in the sports-rich Washington-Baltimore market.

The search committee selected three finalists and then left it to Maryland’s incoming president Wallace Loh to make the choice. Loh assumes office Nov. 1. and had said he wanted to be involved.

Committee members learned about Loh’s choice in an e-mail. The other finalists were Connecticut athletic director Jeff Hathaway and Buffalo athletic director Warde Manuel, two search committee members said.

The search committee members, who did not want to be named because no announcement has yet been made, said Manuel and Anderson interviewed with the full committee, but Hathaway did not.

Anderson will assume control of Maryland’s 27 athletic teams. His start date was not immediately known.

Gary Williams, Maryland’s men basketball coach, said of Anderson: “If you’re a coach, you got the feeling he is a coach’s AD. I’m feeling really good about it.”

Anderson was unavailable for comment. He was busy informing his staff about his departure.

Anderson replaces Deborah Yow, who announced her departure in June and is now athletic director at North Carolina State — her home state. Randy Eaton has been interim athletic director since Yow left. He said he hopes to remain at Maryland.

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September 4, 2010 at 4:41 pm

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