FLORENCE - University of North Alabama Director of Athletics Mark Linder has announced the hiring of Jason Anderson as head softball coach. Anderson comes to UNA from Central Baptist College where he served as head softball coach for five seasons and helped develop the Mustangs into an NAIA national power.
During his tenure at CBC, Anderson compiled a 225-37 record while the Mustangs participated at two different levels of competition. His first squad posted a 29-9 record in 2008, then went 35-13 the following season.
In 2010 CBC went 52-1 en route to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national championship. The 2010 also marked the Mustangs' probationary season as the program transitioned into NAIA.
Central Baptist wasted little time becoming competitive at the NAIA level, going 57-7 during its first full season in 2011. The team also set a national record with 141 home runs, produced five All-Americans including the 2011 Player of the Year and finished the season ranked No. 5 in the final NAIA poll.
In 2012, the Mustangs added another conference championship and finished fifth in the NAIA national tournament held in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Overall, Anderson's stay at CBC included five NCCAA Region Championships, five consecutive national tournament appearances and one NCCAA national championship. He also had 24 All-America selections and coached 19 All-Region selections. Anderson is a five-time NCCAA Central Region Coach of the Year and was named the National Coach of the Year in 2010.
Originally from Houston Texas, Anderson played baseball at Langham Creek High School. He began his college baseball career at Wayland Baptist University where he earned All-Sooner Athletic Conference honors during his sophomore and junior seasons. He completed his collegiate baseball career at Arkansas Tech University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2001 then, continued his education at ATU with a Master of Business Administration in 2005.
Anderson becomes the fifth head coach in UNA softball history. He replaces Jeremy Reece, who's contract was not renewed following the 2012 season.
He is married to the former Renee Byford and has two children, Addison and Kyler.