April 29, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department announced Tuesday (April 29) that head women's water polo coach Matt Anderson has resigned his position effective immediately. The Wolverines qualified for the NCAA Championships four of his 12 seasons.
"I have really enjoyed my time leading the Michigan women's water polo program for the past 12 years," said Anderson. "I want to thank all of the student-athletes that represented our program in the pool, classroom and community. This past year's team was an enjoyable group of players to coach, and I want to thank them for their dedication. I wish everyone associated with Michigan Athletics the best in the future."
Anderson compiled a 332-133 record in 12 years at the helm of the program and reached the eight-team national tournament field on four occasions (2005, 2008-10). He is a three-time Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association (CWPA) Coach of the Year and five-time division Coach of the Year. Anderson produced an Olympic goalkeeper in Betsey Armstrong (2002-05), eight divisional most valuable players and 24 AWPCA All-Americans, including three performers in 2011.
The preeminent program of the CWPA, U-M claimed the division crown in each of Anderson's first 10 seasons (11 straight overall) and won the Eastern Championship five times -- the most of any CWPA school. Anderson led the Wolverines to a southern division title in his first season and won nine straight western division crowns since realignment took place prior to the 2004 campaign. Under his tutelage, Michigan players earned 50 nominations to the all-division team.
The classroom has also been a source of great success for the Maize and Blue program under Anderson. Between the CWPA and ACWPC, Michigan gathered 113 all-academic honors. The scholarly accolades also include 61 Academic All-Big Ten honors and 113 U-M Athletic Academic Achievement awards.
Prior to accepting his coaching appointment at Michigan, Anderson spent the 2001 season as an assistant coach at Indiana University. He was an assistant coach at San Jose State (1999-2001). He earned his bachelor's degree from San Jose State in journalism with a minor in literature in 1991.
He was a member of the NCAA Women's Water Polo Committee and the NCAA Rules Committee (2008-2012).
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