June 21, 2006
Susan Anderson Departs Northwest For Coaching Job at Alma Mater
Courtesy Central Missouri State University Sports InformationWARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Central Missouri State Athletic Director Jerry Hughes announced today that former Jennies All-American Susan Anderson will return to her alma mater as the next head softball coach for the Cardinal & Black.
"We are very happy to have Susan coming back to CMSU." said Hughes, "She was a great student-athlete here and she has proven herself in the coaching ranks as well. We look forward to her taking this program to a new level."
She will take over for the retired Rhesa Sumrell, who Anderson (formerly Punzo) played for from 1994-97. The two were named the 2006 MIAA Co-Coaches of the Year.
"I am excited to come back to my alma mater and follow in coach's (Sumrell) footsteps." said Anderson, "CMSU has always had a strong tradition and I look forward to making it even stronger."
Anderson has served the last four seasons at Northwest Missouri State, taking the Bearcats to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1984 and marking the school record for wins in each of the past two seasons. In 2006, she led them to a 40-15 overall record and a third place finish in the MIAA at 12-4. Anderson was 124-96 at Northwest and has tallied a 181-172 overall career record as a head coach. Her three 30-win seasons are also a first in Bearcat softball history.
In 2001-02, she was the mentor at Dakota State (S.D.), where she took the team from 11-23 in her first year, to a school-record 25-13 mark and their first ever appearance in the NAIA Regional Tournament the next season. While at Dakota, she also served as the assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator.
Anderson also made a turnaround effort in her first head coaching position at St. Mary College (Kan.) from 1999-2000. She went from 6-21 in her debut to 15-19 the following year.
As a player at Central Missouri, Anderson was a two-time All-American and led the Jennies to three MIAA titles (1994, 1995, and 1997). She was also a three-time all-conference performer, earning second-team honors as a sophomore and first-team accolades as both a junior and senior. She also got the job done in the classroom, making the MIAA All-Academic Team all four years and Academic All-American in 1997. She is also the only CMSU Softball player to receive the prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.
She is married to Chauncey Anderson and is the mother of a baby daughter, Teagan, who was born in October.
"I wanted to thank Dr. Boerigter (Northwest Director of Athletics) for the opportunity at Northwest and a chance to get back in the MIAA conference," said Anderson. " I also wanted to thank everybody that surrounds the Northwest community because it has been like an extended family.
"It has been a terrific four years here. It is hard to say goodbye to Northwest, especially my softball team. It will be very special for me to go back to my alma mater and it also is a great professional opportunity for my family."
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