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Jim Anderson
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: New Mexico '03
Experience: 4 Years

One of the top young coaches in the college golf ranks, Jim Anderson was named head men’s golf coach at the University of Arizona on June 21, 2012.

Last season, Anderson guided a young squad that regularly saw multiple freshmen in the starting lineup. One of those freshmen, George Cunningham, distinguished himself by earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors and finishing the season as an NCAA Regional qualifier. Cunningham posted a 71.6 strokes per round average, which tied for second on UA's freshman single-season list and tied for 10th on the all-time single-season list. Senior Alex McMahon, the squad's number two player, earned Pac-12 Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors and was a Capital One Academic All-District selection. In addition, the men's golf program notched the highest GPA out of the department's men's programs for the fourth straight year.

During 2013-14 season, Anderson led two individual Wildcats to the NCAA San Antonio Regional. Arizona also earned runner-up finishes at the Arizona Intercollegiate and Del Walker Invitational. The Wildcats earned numerous awards during the season including two All-Pac-12 honors and academic awards. Anderson also helped senior Erik Oja be selected for the Palmer Cup European team.

In his first season in Tucson, Anderson led the Arizona to an NCAA Regional appearance, the program’s 26th in the previous 27 years. The Wildcats were also successful in the classroom during the 2012-13 campaign, with four players earning inclusion on Pac-12 All-Academic teams.

Anderson came to UA with five seasons of Division I coaching experience, including three years as an assistant coach at Texas A&M (2009-12). While in College Station, he helped the Aggies to a head-to-head winning percentage of better than .800, seven team tournament titles and three appearances in the NCAA Championships.

A tireless recruiter who is intimately involved in the organization, preparation and implementation of team practices, training and competitions, Anderson was the winner of the 2012 Jan Strickland Award, presented annually to the assistant coach of the year by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

During the 2011-12 campaign, the Aggies were ranked as high as No. 11 nationally by Golfweek and captured the Big 12 championship. Texas A&M finished second at the NCAA Regional in Bowling Green, Ky., and took 14th at the NCAA Championships. Individually, three TAMU players claimed individual medals during the season, two were named All-Big 12 and one was tabbed an All-American.

In three seasons at Texas A&M, Anderson helped coach eight individual medalists, seven all-conference performers and seven All-Americans. Additionally, eight Aggie players received Academic All-Big 12 honors during his tenure.

TAMU finished second at NCAA Regionals in each of his three seasons, and recorded a high finish of ninth at the NCAA Championships.

Prior to his time at Texas A&M, Anderson spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of New Mexico (2007-09). In those two seasons, UNM’s national ranking rose more than 70 spots, its winning percentage jumped more than 30 points and it posted a high finish of fourth at the Mountain West Championship. Anderson’s assistance also helped result in a 2009 NCAA Regional berth for the Lobos.

In June of 2013, Anderson had the opportunity to represent both his country and Arizona golf as an assistant coach on the U.S. Palmer Cup team by way of his 2012 Strickland Award recognition. He helped the U.S. to a 20.5-9.5 victory over Europe at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Del.

A native of Sioux Falls, S.D., Anderson was a four-year letterman at New Mexico from 1999-04, posting a 74.50 scoring average in 38 rounds He earned both Most Improved and Outstanding Student-Athlete accolades during his career, and was also a member of UNM’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Anderson graduated from New Mexico in 2003 with a B.S. in business administration/human resource management and earned a Master’s degree in sport administration from the school in 2004. He and his wife, Nita, have a daughter, Jolee.