Introduced as Shenandoah University's fourth full-time baseball coach in July 2003, Kevin Anderson has brought Shenandoah University baseball to new heights in his time at SU.
Since the start of the 2009 season, SU has won nearly 400 games, four regular season titles in the USA South and Old Dominion conferences and championships in both the USA South and ODAC (2015, 2018, 2019) as well as three regional titles. In 2009 and 2010, Anderson was named as Coach of the Year by both the American Baseball Coaches Association and the Virginia State Sports Information Directors.
Those four Coach of the Year honors are four of seven that Anderson has earned since 2009.
The latest, in 2017, came as Anderson led his Hornets to a fourth straight top-seed in the ODAC Tournament.
In 2014, his earned his first ODAC CoY honor after Anderson led his Hornets to a 17-3 record in league play and earned the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.
In 2011, on the eve of the team leaving for Burlington, N.C. to defend its USA South Conference Tournament title, Anderson picked up his first ever USA South Conference Coach of the Year award. The award comes on the heels of the team's first-ever regular season title and a No. 1 national ranking by both D3baseball.com and the ABCA.
Anderson led the Hornets to their first regional title in 10 seasons in 2019 by working their way through the loser’s bracket of the Union, New Jersey Regional. On the final day of the tourney, SU downed host Kean, 6-4 and 4-1, to win the title and advance to the first-ever Division III Super Regional.
Anderson is the former head baseball coach at James Madison University and came to Shenandoah after five years as a teacher at Warren County High School in Front Royal, Va. The Winchester native was the head baseball coach at Warren County for all five years of his tenure there and the head football coach for the final three years. Anderson increased the success level in both programs during his time with the ‘Cats; the football program rose from 28th in Region II to 10th while the 1999 baseball team made its first regional appearance in more than a decade.
In 2004, Anderson guided Shenandoah University to its second-best baseball season ever. The Hornets were 23-20 and won a school-record 11 straight non-conference games that spring despite having just 17 healthy players for most of the season.
Anderson backed up that campaign with a 23-19 record in 2005. The Hornets defeated the regular season champions from the USA South, the ODAC and the MAC Commonwealth and set a new school record with eight conference victories.
In 2006, Anderson's Hornets improved to 25 overall victories and a sixth place finish in the always tough USA South. SU went into the final weekend of that regular season with a chance to tie for the title.
In the spring of 2007, Anderson led his team to another second-best-in-school-history finish - SU won 27 games and once again headed into the final weekend of conference play with a shot at the regular season title.
2009 brought the breakthrough season that everybody was hoping for - Anderson's club set a new school record for wins in a season, was ranked in the nation for the first time since 2000 and made an appearance in the USA South Conference Tournament championship game.
Shenandoah continued that run by winning the Salisbury Regional in mid-May and earned its first-ever trip to Appleton, Wisconsin for an appearance in the 2009 NCAA Championships. On the eve of that first appearance, it was announced that Anderson had been named the ABCA South Region Coach of the Year.
In 2010, the Hornets backed up the stellar '09 campaign by winning the USA South Conference Tournament and sweeping through the Fayetteville (South) Regional to make the return trip to Appleton. Anderson's club also was ranked in the nation's Top 25 all season long in both the ABCA and D3baseball.com polls.
On the eve of the team's departure for Appleton, Anderson was again named as the ABCA South Region Coach of the Year. He is the second SU coach to be earn a Coach of the Year honor in consecutive seasons.
In 2011, the team earned its first-ever USA South Conference regular season title, winning 11 of 12 regular season games in the league, and was ranked in the top five of both the D3baseball.com and ABCA polls all season. The Hornets spent four weeks ranked No. 1 in the D3baseball.com poll, a first in the school history.
The program's first-ever ODAC title, also the first for the school, came in 2015. Anderson's Hornets raced to the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament with a 16-4 league mark, winning the pennant by two games, before winning four of five games at the annual tournament to claim the title.
Shenandoah backed up that first-ever ODAC title by earning the No. 1 seed for the 2016 tournament with a 15-5 league mark. The Hornets ended the year by advancing to the South Region championship game.
In 2016, Anderson also achieved a personal milestone with by recording victory No. 500 as a college head coach. Anderson got to the mark with a 7-4 victory over Case Western Reserve on February 21.
In 2018, he hit the 600 win plateau with an ODAC victory over Washington and Lee. Heading into the 2018 ODAC Tournament as the fourth seed, the Hornets swept fifth-seeded Hampden-Sydney in the opening best-of-three series before taking out No. 1 Randolph-Macon, No. 2 Virginia Wesleyan and No. 3 Roanoke to earn the program's second-ever ODAC title.
2019 brought the program’s second consecutive, and third-ever, ODAC title as SU again won the tournament with a 5-1 record. The Hornets are the first team to repeat as ODAC champions in 15 years as Shenandoah swept sixth-seeded Hampden-Sydney in the opening round before defeating No. 2 Roanoke, and No. 1 Randolph-Macon (twice) to win the crown.
From 1994-97, Anderson won nearly 150 games and had two CAA Tournament championship appearances at JMU. His 1995 team was an NCAA Tournament participant and the Dukes had the second highest RPI improvement in the nation behind Rice University.
A 1979 graduate of Frederick County's James Wood H.S., Anderson coached both the Winchester Royals and the New Market Rebels in the Valley League. Winchester won the 1990 pennant under Anderson's direction.
In October 2005, Anderson was inducted into the James Wood Hall of Fame. He became the fourth member of the SU coaching staff to be inducted into a hall of fame. In the summer of 2018, Anderson was inducted into the Valley Baseball League Hall of Fame in recognition of both his playing career (with the Winchester Royals) as well as serving as the skipper of both the Royals and the New Market Rebels.
Anderson's club is also heavily involved in the community and has been honored by the Frederick County (Va.) School Board for its work with area youth.
Anderson has also won the university's Wilkins Award, for excellence in service, on two occasions. He is one of two members of the athletic department to win the award more than one time.
Anderson and his wife, Ginger, are the parents of two boys: Kolton and Kooper, and a daughter, Khloe.
*Until the 2013 season, Shenandoah was a member of the USA South Conference. The Hornets joined the ODAC for the 2013 season.