D2 NEWS: Anderson joins Azusa Pacific Basketball Staff

Tim Anderson joined the Azusa Pacific coaching staff ahead of the 2023-24 season. Prior to his arrival at Azusa Pacific, Anderson spent two seasons as the lead assistant coach at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. While with the Toros, Anderson helped lead Cal State Dominguez Hills to its second winning season in 10 years, and the program reached the semifinals of the CCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 years during the  2021-2022 season. His responsibilities for the Toros included in-game coaching, defensive game planning, recruiting, scouting, academic monitoring, and social media. 

Prior to Cal State Dominguez Hills, Anderson spent two seasons as an assistant coach at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, Calif. In 2019-20, he helped the Spartans to a 16-12 overall record, a five-game improvement from the previous season, and their first winning season in four years.

Before joining the coaching ranks at the collegiate level, Anderson spent seven years as the head coach of the boys’ basketball team at his alma mater, Highland High School, in Palmdale, Calif. Anderson’s Bulldogs won 69% of their games, the best winning percentage in school history, going 134-59. He led Highland to five league titles, two CIF-Southern Section semifinals appearances, and a CIF State Championship tournament appearance in 2019, the first in school history. Known for his ability to develop players, he coached and developed five league MVPs and seven All-CIF players.

Anderson is known as an elite defensive mind, and he excels in strategizing and conducting game preparations. He has strong west region connections, having coached at three different levels, which is demonstrated by his ability to recruit throughout the region. 

During his own playing career at Highland High, Anderson was a three-time All-Golden League selection, scoring over 1,500 points, and breaking several 3-point shooting records, which included most three-pointers made in a game, season, and career over his four seasons on varsity. He played collegiately at Mt. San Antonio College before he decided to step away from the game when his mother became ill and passed away in 2008.

Anderson and his wife, Crystal, have two children, a son Jayden, and a daughter Samantha. He also holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree, both in Kinesiology, and both from California Baptist University.


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