Aggies' Anderson named Jan Strickland Award winner
Texas A&M’s Jim Anderson has been selected as the top assistant golf coach in the country. Anderson, in his third season with the Aggies, was named the Jan Strickland Award winner by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The award annually is presented to the assistant coach who excels in working with his or her student-athletes on the course and in the classroom.
“It’s humbling just to be selected as a semifinalist and finalist because there are a lot of great candidates for this award, and I consider it a great honor to receive the Strickland Award,” Anderson said. “I’d like to thank (Texas A&M head coach) J.T. Higgins, because he has taught me a lot about college golf. I also played for J.T. in college, and he’s someone that I’ve looked up to as a great example.”
During the past two years in College Station, Anderson has helped coach the Aggies to back-to-back top-5 finishes in the final national rankings. Academically, the golf team had the highest GPA of any men’s sport at Texas A&M in 2011 while seven players earned awards for academic distinction. Aside from his on-course responsibilities, Anderson serves as director of the Aggie Golf Association - the Texas A&M men’s golf booster club - and is director of the Aggie Golf School. Anderson also serves annually as the tournament director of the Aggie Invitational and was tournament director for the 2010 NCAA regional championship at Traditions Golf Club.
Anderson is a native of Sioux Falls, S.D., and played four years of college golf for New Mexico - two of those were for Higgins before Higgins became A&M’s head coach in 2001. As an assistant coach for New Mexico, Anderson was a semifinalist for the Strickland Award in 2009 - the same year the Lobos finished sixth at the NCAA West Regional.
–Information from the GCAA used in this report