FSC's Chuck Anderson
LAKELAND, Fla. (April
3, 2003)- Florida Southern College has lost one of its legends.
Sixty-three year old former baseball coach and associate athletic
director for special projects Chuck Anderson died today from cancer.
For over 43 years Chuck Anderson was a fixture on the baseball diamond.
He first came to Florida Southern in 1958 as a first baseman and
pitcher for the Moccasins and during his career was twice named
Moccasin Most Valuable Player. Following his graduation in 1963,
Anderson joined his alma mater as an assistant coach under Hal Smeltzly.
In 1984, a life-long dream was realized when he was named head coach
of his beloved Moccasins.
"We have lost a very special member of our FSC family," said FSC
President Tom Reuschling. "He waged an amazing battle against this
disease. He was an inspiration on the baseball diamond but more
importantly in life."
From 1984 to his retirement in 2002, Anderson compiled a career
record of 843-251-1 over 20 seasons (including 1967 when he served
as interim head coach), placing him second in Division II history
with a .770 winning percentage. His 843 career wins ranked 12th
on the all-time Division II coaching list.
In 1985, just his second year as head coach, Anderson led the Moccasins
to the NCAA Division II National Championship - a feat the Mocs
would repeat in 1988 and 1995. Under Anderson, the Moccasins won
six regional titles and competed in post-season play in 17 of his
A three-time National Coach of the Year in 1985, 1988 and 1995,
Anderson was similarly honored six times in the South Region. He
also was voted Coach of the Year eight times in the Sunshine State
Anderson was a member of five different Halls of Fame. In 1983,
he was inducted into the FSC Baseball Hall of Fame and was included
in the inaugural class of the FSC Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. Anderson
was also a member of the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame, Class
of 2001, and was inducted into the Sunshine State Conference Hall
of Fame in 1996. But perhaps the crowning glory came in 1999 when
the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) honored Anderson
for his long-time service to college baseball with his induction
into the ABCA Hall of Fame.
As a further tribute to his long career at Florida Southern, Anderson's
jersey, number 12, was retired in 1999.
An active member of the ABCA, Anderson served as president of the
coaches' organization and spent six years as its Division II chair.
He also served on the ABCA Hall of Fame, All-America and National
Poll Committees and spent a three-year term as a member of the NCAA
Baseball Rules Committee.
Anderson's involvement in baseball went beyond the collegiate level
with his work in international baseball. He had served several stints
as an assistant coach with Team USA and in 1994, served as head
coach of the USA National Team.
Anderson is survived by his wife, Chris, as well as their three
children, Jeff, Ross and Cindy. Funeral services will be held Monday,
April 7, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to
the Chuck Anderson Baseball Scholarship at Florida Southern College.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.