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Anderson Named Head Men's Soccer Coach At Columbia

Kevin Anderson has been named head men's soccer coach at Columbia University

Kevin Anderson has been named head men's soccer coach at Columbia University

Dec. 23, 2008

Boston College assistant soccer coach Kevin Anderson has been named head men's soccer coach at Columbia University according to an announcement made by the school on Tuesday.

Anderson, who spent two years as an assistant coach at Columbia prior to coming to Boston College in 2006, will return to lead the Lions soccer program after three highly-successful seasons on Ed Kelly's staff at the Heights. He has earned recognition from College Soccer News as one of the nation's Top Assistant Coaches in each of the last two seasons.

In his three years as Kelly's top assistant (2006-08), the Eagles compiled a combined record of 34-19-6, including a 15-7-2 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference competition. BC earned the 2007 ACC regular-season championship, the 2007 ACC Tournament title and captured two consecutive - 2007 and 2008 - NCAA Tournament berths. The Eagles earned the nation's No. 1 seed heading into the 2007 NCAA Championship.

"We are very happy for Kevin and very grateful for the contributions he's made to our soccer program here at BC," Kelly said. "Kevin played a big part in the success we enjoyed during his tenure here. He has a great mind for the game. I am certain Columbia made a great choice and equally confident that the university's soccer program will benefit greatly from his leadership. We wish him well. This is a great move for Kevin and his family."

Individually, four players captured National Collegiate Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America accolades in the last three seasons, highlighted by two-time All-America selection Alejandro Bedoya. In addition, two players - Bedoya and Charlie Davies - earned ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Anderson is the second BC assistant coach in the last four seasons to earn a head coaching position at the collegiate level. Ian Hennessy was named head coach at the University of Delaware on Jan. 24, 2006.

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