UCLA has hired a former Bruin two-sport athlete as the next Director of Track & Field/Cross Country. Avery Anderson was a member of the UCLA football team which won the 1993 Pac-10 Championship and faced Wisconsin in the 1994 Rose Bowl. He earned all-conference honors in the hurdles, high jump and 4x100 relay team.
After graduating with a degree in Political Science, Anderson briefly played in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts, but a back injury ended his football career.
For the past six years, he has served as the head coach of the Cal State Northridge Track & Field and Cross Country teams. Meanwhile, he has also earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from CSUN.
Since becoming the head coach at CSUN, Anderson has coached the teams to 13 conference championships. He has developed 2 individual NCAA Champion athletes, 21 NCAA All-Americans and more than 50 NCAA Championship qualifiers.
The official UCLA site quotes Anderson:
I am thrilled to be returning to UCLA. To oversee track & field and cross country at the school that gave me so much as a student-athlete is a dream come true. I feel privileged to be entrusted with a program with as storied a history as UCLA's, and I have a vision of making it the best program in the country. I look forward to working with our talented student-athletes and our coaching staff to make that vision a reality, and I sincerely thank Dan Guerrero, Dr. Christina Rivera and Gavin Crew, along with the rest of the UCLA Athletics family, for this opportunity.
Welcome home to Westwood, Avery!