Larry Anderson joined the MIT athletic department in 1995 as the 18th head men’s basketball coach in program history and the fourth head coach in the modern era. Entering his 21st season at the helm, Anderson’s coaching tenure is the second longest in Tech’s basketball history. On November 29, 2008 he surpassed legendary Jack Barry as the winningest coach in the program’s 107-year history.
Anderson has guided MIT to NCAA tournament appearances in six of the past seven seasons, highlighted by a run to the NCAA Division III Final Four in 2012. During that time the Engineers have captured four NEWMAC tournament titles and Anderson has earned a pair of NEWMAC Coach of the Year honors. Tech has compiled a 150-48 record since 2008-09, winning 20 games six times and setting a program record with 29 wins in 2011-12.
During his team’s historic 2011-12 campaign, Anderson was also selected as the Northeast regional Coach of the Year and received the Jack Bennett Man of the Year Award from CollegeInsider.com.
While always advocating class and discipline, Anderson’s teams play with reckless abandon, hustling on defense and diving for loose balls and regularly ranking among the nations top defensive squads. His teams have finished above .500 12 times in the past 14 years, including seven 20-win campaigns over that span.
Anderson arrived at MIT via Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss., where he graduated in 1986. After a senior stint as captain, Anderson remained at his alma mater as an Assistant Coach. While maintaining his devotion to the game of hoops and to Rust, he eventually assumed additional roles as the Associate Director of Athletics and Director of Student Activities.