Though it was hinted at over a month ago, Penn State finally announced today that Dwayne Anderson, a member of Villanova's 2009 Final Four squad, would reunite with former coach Pat Chambers as his third and final assistant. Anderson won't necessarily fill the void left by departed associate coach Eugene Burroughs, who left the team for personal reasons back in May to take the same job at Marist College--Brian Daly and Keith Urgo were promoted to co-associate coaches soon after Burroughs left. Anderson will technically serve as the staff's only "assistant" coach.
From the press release:
"Dwayne is an absolute winner and a leader, and we are fortunate to have someone of his caliber joining our staff," Chambers said. "He is fresh off a very successful playing career both in college and professionally in Europe and will be terrific connecting and communicating with the current and future players in our program."
Anderson has been playing in Europe since he graduated in 2009, suiting up for three different teams during that span. He averaged 13.5 ppg for Würzburg's S. Oliver Baskets in Germany last season and has been named to two all-star teams during his overseas career. As a collegiate player, he was a vital part of Villanova's 2009 Final Four run, posting figures well above his career totals during the Big East and NCAA tournaments.
He originally hails from the D.C. area, a region which seems to be a recruiting priority for Penn State now that there are two coaches with ties to the area (Urgo is also a capitol native). Obviously as a 'Nova grad, he also brings the Philly connection which seems to be a prerequisite for any position under Chambers.
Although he lacks experience coaching at any level, this seems like a solid hire for Penn State. He's well-traveled for a young man--he has more professional playing experience than any other coach on staff and as a budding entrepreneur, he'll likely bring even more enthusiasm and #ATTITUDE to a team that has made it their M.O. under Chambers.
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