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Kevin Anderson (athletic director)

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Kevin Anderson
Kevin Anderson.jpg
Anderson in August 2017
Biographical details
Born (1955-08-05) August 5, 1955 (age 66)
San Francisco, California
Alma materSan Francisco State University
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1997–2002California (assistant AD)
2002–2004Oregon State (assistant AD)
2018Cal State Northridge (interim AD)

Kevin Bruce Anderson (born August 5, 1955)[1] is a former American college athletics administrator for California State University, Northridge and former athletic director for the Maryland Terrapins, the NCAA Division I sports program of the University of Maryland, College Park. On October 16, 2017, the University of Maryland placed Kevin Anderson on a six-month leave of absence, and he officially resigned on April 13, 2018.[2]

Early life and education

Anderson grew up in San Francisco and attended Abraham Lincoln High School,[3] where he was a multi-sport athlete. He is a 1979 graduate of San Francisco State University with a bachelor's degree in political science. After a stint as a high school football coach, Anderson attended the Sports Management Institute's executive management program and the new manager school at Xerox.

Following Xerox, Anderson began a fundraising role at the United Negro College Fund at the recommendation of the vice president at the University of California, Berkeley. Ultimately, Anderson entered college athletics at UC Berkeley at age 32.[3]

Athletic director career

Anderson as the Army West Point athletic director
Anderson as the Army West Point athletic director


Anderson's first athletic director position was at the United States Military Academy, where he directed the Army Black Knights from 2004 to 2010. At Army, Anderson was responsible for a 25-sport program, and an annual budget of $25 million, that served more than 900 cadet-athletes.[4][5]


Anderson's Maryland athletic director contract was initially for five years (2010–2015) at $401,015 annually, with up to $50,000 collectively in incentives for athletes' graduation rates and academic achievements, athletic fund-raising, and team success.[9] Among significant events during his tenure:

  • On December 21, 2010, Anderson fired Maryland head football coach Ralph Friedgen, who was that season's ACC Coach of the Year.[10]
  • On January 2, 2011, Anderson hired Randy Edsall away from Connecticut as the new Maryland head football coach.
  • On May 9, 2011, Anderson hired Mark Turgeon from Texas A&M as the new head basketball coach to replace the retiring Gary Williams.[11]
  • November 2011, Anderson recommended cutting eight athletic teams - Men's Track and Field & Cross Country, Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving, Men's Tennis, Women's Water Polo and Women's Competitive Cheer.
  • On July 1, 2014, the Terrapins left the Atlantic Coast Conference following 62 years as a founding member to join the Big Ten Conference.


  1. ^ "The book on Kevin Anderson" (PDF). United States Military Academy. 2005. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "Maryland AD Anderson resigns after sabbatical". April 13, 2018. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Discussing Race, Sexuality And Sports With U Of Maryland College Park's Kevin Anderson". Huffington Post. January 11, 2014.
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  6. ^ "Army tabs Ellerson as new head football coach". December 26, 2008. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  7. ^ "Army fires coach Crews after seven seasons". September 24, 2009. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  8. ^ "Single issue pushed Army AD to fire Crews". Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  9. ^ "Details of contract for Terps athletic director Kevin Anderson released". Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  10. ^ Yanda, Steve; Prisbell, Eric (December 20, 2010). "Maryland fires Ralph Friedgen after coach refuses to retire". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  11. ^ "Mark Turgeon introduced as new coach at Maryland". Retrieved October 30, 2017.

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