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Lee Anderson Hired as Head Volleyball Coach at the University of Minnesota, Crookston
July 2, 2007

Contact: Mitch Bakken, sports information director, 218-281-8430 (

(Crookston, Minn.)- Athletics Director, Stephanie Helgeson announced today that Lee Anderson has been hired to head the Golden Eagle Women’s Volleyball program at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Prior to his appointment at UMC, Anderson served as the head volleyball coach at Glenville State College in Glenville, W.V. for two seasons (2005-06). In 2005, the Pioneers had a record of 3-28. Anderson turned the 2006 season around, finishing with a record of 10-17. The team set a new school record for conference wins in a season. The team also had one player named 2nd team All-Conference, one named Honorable Mention and three freshmen made the All-Freshmen team.


“We are excited to have Lee join the UMC athletics staff and campus community, says Athletics Director Stephanie Helgeson. “His enthusiasm and experience will be a tremendous fit for our volleyball program. We are very impressed by the passion and commitment Lee brings to our athletic program and Golden Eagle Volleyball.”


A native of Renfrew (Ontario), Canada, Anderson also served as the assistant women's volleyball coach at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.  During Anderson's tenure as assistant coach, the Bulldogs compiled a record of 41-21 (.661), including a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Championship in 2004 and a trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament. He served as head coach for three seasons (2000-03) at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. At Lakehead, Anderson had a 13-38 (.342) overall record in the Ontario University Athletics East Division during his three seasons at the helm, including a fifth place finish in 2002-03. He also directed volleyball sport development camps and organized department media conferences during his tenure. In addition to his coaching duties, Anderson served as a practical instructor in the school’s Kinesiology Department.

Besides his collegiate coaching experience, Anderson has also coached various midget, youth and high school teams since earning a Bachelor of Science degree in human kinetics from the University of Ottawa (Ontario) in 1998. His previous head coaching positions included Henry Wisewood High School (1999) in Calgary, Ottawa’s Immaculata High School (1995-98) along with both the Northwestern Ontario Under-18 (2002) and Under-17 (2001-02) development teams.  In 2000, Anderson earned his masters degree in kinesiology with a specialization in the art and science of coaching from the University of Calgary.

U of M, Crookston reaffirmed its commitment to competing at the Division II level as a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) earlier this year. Chancellor Charles H. Casey committed to working with University officials to identify additional resources and outside fundraising opportunities to invest over a 3-year period. Some $100,000 was raised to invest in the competitive success of the Golden Eagle Athletics as part of the strategy.

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The University of Minnesota, Crookston is an NCAA Division II Institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).