MAGNOLIA — Jason Anderson, who led Central Baptist College’s softball team to a national championship in 2010, has been named as the sixth head coach in Southern Arkansas University softball history.
"His coaching record shows that he is one of the best coaches in this region and his knowledge of the game, his tireless work ethic, and strong recruiting abilities will allow him to take our surging softball program to a whole new level," said Steve Browning, SAU’s director of athletics.
Anderson, a native of Sheridan, takes over a Lady Mulerider softball program that is coming off of a record-shattering season in which they captured their first-ever conference championship en route to advancing to a NCAA regional tournament, also a program first.
After stints at CBC, North Alabama and Northwestern State of Oklahoma, Anderson comes to SAU with a career record of 307-73 (.807). The first 226 of those career wins came in a five-year stretch when Anderson began his collegiate coaching career at at CBC in 2008.
In those five seasons at CBC, Anderson amassed an overall record of 226-38 (.856) and guided the Lady Mustangs to a berth in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Tournament in each of his first three seasons.
A five-time NCCAA Regional Coach of the Year, Anderson’s 2010 CBC team posted a 52-1 mark (.981) en route to a NCCAA National Championship. Anderson would later be named the NCCAA National Coach of the Year that season. He also earned the Conway Athletic Awards Commission’s Marvin Delph Award as Sportsman of the Year.
In the two seasons after the 2010 national championship, Anderson’s Lady Mustangs would win 50-plus games twice, as they advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in 2011 and 2012. In each of those seasons, the Mustangs ended the season nationally-ranked in the top five.
After the 2012 season, Anderson took over at the University of North Alabama. In his lone season at UNA, Anderson led the Lady Lions to one of the best seasons in school history at 40-20 and as high as No. 10 nationally in the NCAA Division II polls (NFCA).
After that one year at North Alabama, Anderson took over at Northwestern Oklahoma in the Great American Conference.
He inherited a team that hadn’t had a winning season since 2008 and turned them into a 41-15 club. Picked to finish ninth in the preseason GAC coaches’ poll, Anderson’s team tied for first in the conference and set several school records.
In his career, Anderson has coached the National Pitcher of the Year (2011, 2010), the National Player of the Year (2011), 14 All-Americans, 27 all-conference honorees, and three all-region players.
Anderson is married to the former Renee Byford and the couple has two children, Addison (8) and Kyler (5).