|Born||May 16, 1955|
|Alma mater||University of Minnesota|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
John Anderson (born May 16, 1955) is an American college baseball coach and former pitcher. He is the head baseball coach at the University of Minnesota. Anderson played college baseball at the University of Minnesota from 1974 to 1975, until injuries ended his career. In 38 seasons (as of the end of the 2019 season), Anderson has led the Golden Gophers to a record of 1,317 wins, 887 losses and three ties. In the Big Ten he has led Golden Gophers to a record of 592 wins and 351 losses in that same span.
Anderson graduated from Nashwauk-Keewatin High School in Nashwauk, Minnesota in 1973. Anderson would next enroll at the University of Minnesota, where he would walk-on to the Minnesota Golden Gophers baseball team. After pitching for two years, an arm injury forced Anderson to quit playing. He remained as a student coach for the next two years, and was even voted as MVP of the 1977 team.
Following his graduation in 1977, longtime Gophers coach Dick Siebert named him a graduate assistant. Siebert died in the winter of 1978, and successor George Thomas named Anderson a full-time assistant. Thomas resigned in 1981, and Anderson became head coach at the age of 26–at the time, the youngest head baseball coach in Big Ten history. He has spent his entire adult life at the U of M as a player, assistant coach or head coach.
His most successful team was the 2018 unit, which reached the super regional round–the Gophers' deepest tournament run since their last College World Series appearance in 1977.
Head coaching record
|Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big Ten Conference) (1982–present)|
|1982||Minnesota||33–22–1||8–8||T–2nd (Western)||NCAA Regional|
|1983||Minnesota||27–21||12–2||1st (Western)||Big Ten Tournament|
|1984||Minnesota||31–20||11–5||1st (Western)||Big Ten Tournament|
|1985||Minnesota||33–23||9–7||2nd (Western)||NCAA Regional|
|1986||Minnesota||40–19||10–5||1st (Western)||Big Ten Tournament|
|1987||Minnesota||36–25||12–4||1st (Western)||NCAA Regional|
|1990||Minnesota||36–24–1||19–9||T–2nd||Big Ten Tournament|
|1995||Minnesota||31–28||16–12||2nd||Big Ten Tournament|
|2002||Minnesota||32–26||18–10||1st||Big Ten Tournament|
|2005||Minnesota||33–29||17–15||6th||Big Ten Tournament|
|2006||Minnesota||34–26||17–14||4th||Big Ten Tournament|
|2011||Minnesota||25–24||13–11||T–4th||Big Ten Tournament|
|2013||Minnesota||32–22||13���8||4th||Big Ten Tournament|
|2014||Minnesota||27–24||13–11||T-4th||Big Ten Tournament|
|2016||Minnesota||35–21||16–7||1st||Big Ten Tournament|
|2017||Minnesota||34–19||15–8||3rd||Big Ten Tournament|
|2018||Minnesota||37–13||18–4||1st||NCAA Super Regional|
|2019||Minnesota||29–27||15–9||T-3rd||Big Ten Tournament|
|2020||Minnesota||8–10||0–0||Season canceled due to COVID-19|
Postseason invitational champion
Awards and honors
- Big Ten Coach of the Year (1982, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2016, 2018)
- ABCA Hall of Fame Inductee
- "Minnesota Baseball 2008" (PDF). University of Minnesota. Retrieved May 12, 2009.
- Jon Nowacki (May 17, 2018). "College baseball: Gophers coach Anderson hasn't forgotten where he came from, what got him there". www.duluthnewstribune.com. Duluth News Tribune and Forum Communications Company. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
- Sid Hartman (April 12, 2012). "Hartman: U's Anderson gets what he deserves". www.startribune.com. StarTribune. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
- "2010 Minnesota Baseball Media Guide". Minnesota Sports Information. p. 135. Archived from the original on June 27, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- "2010 Big Ten Standings". D1Baseball.com. Archived from the original on June 27, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- "2011 Big Ten Standings". D1Baseball.com. Archived from the original on June 27, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- "2012 Big Ten Standings". D1Baseball.com. Archived from the original on June 27, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- "2012 Big Ten Baseball Record Book" (PDF). p. 107. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 27, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- "2013 Big Ten Conference Baseball Standings". D1Baseball.com. Jeremy Mills. Archived from the original on May 28, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013.