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Patrick Anderson is in his fourth season as head baseball coach at Hofstra University. Anderson was named the 13th coach in the program's 72-year history on August 11, 2008. In his three seasons, Anderson has posted a 46-92-1 record and has coached eight players to All-Colonial Athletic Association honors, as well as one Major League Baseball Draft selection

In 2011 Anderson oversaw a team with 18 newcomers to a 15-32 record. Junior transfer Danny Poma was a first team All-CAA selection and finished second in the CAA batting race, while freshman Matt Reistetter and junior transfer Dylan Nasiatka were nmed to the third team. Freshman outfielder Kenny Jackson worked his way into the starting lineup a month into the season and went on to earn CAA All-Rookie accolades.

Anderson led the Pride to a 20-win season in 2010, despite fielding a team with 20 new players, including 15 freshmen. He kept the team in contention for a Colonial Athletic Association Championship berth until the second to last weekend of the season. The team was 10-14 in CAA play and finished eighth after being selected last in the preseason coaches' poll. The 20 wins marked a nine-victory improvement over the 2009 season and the 10 CAA wins were four more than the previous season.

Three players - Matt Prokopowicz, Ethan Paquette and Matt Ford - earned postseason recognition from the Colonial Athletic Association with Prokopowicz and Paquette garnering first team All-CAA honors, while Ford was named to the All-Rookie team. Paquette would go on to be selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 35th Round of the 2010 MLB Draft.

Three individual team records were set in 2010 with Prokopowicz establishing himself as the program's all-time hits leader with 271. In addition, Paquette established a new benchmark for RBIs in a season with 70, while reliever Jeff Guthridge set the single season appearance mark by pitching in 31 games. As a team the Pride set a new single season record for fielding percentage at .968 and their 60 errors were the fewest since the 1987 squad posted 58 in just 27 games. Offensively the team compiled a .320 average, eclipsing the .300 mark for the first time since 1999.

In his first season (2009) Anderson coached his team to an 11-32 record, but saw Mark Stuckless blossom under his tutelage as the senior earned Colonial Athletic Association first team accolades and was the CAA Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year after flirting with a .400 batting average and led the Pride in batting (.392), hits (69), runs (43), doubles (11), triples (4) and home runs (5).

During his short tenure Anderson has also helped improve the Pride's facilities through fundraising initiatives. Through his efforts and the leadership and support of baseball alumnus Bruce Quinn '86, the Quinn Family Grandstand was installed in 2010. Future plans for University Field include moving and raising the height of the outfield fences.

Anderson, who served as an assistant coach at Hofstra for three seasons from 1998 to 2001, spent eight seasons as a minor league hitting and catching instructor with the Kansas City Royals Professional Baseball Club before returning to Hempstead. Anderson served as a roving instructor at various levels of the organization - from rookie ball to Kansas City's Triple A affiliate - working with high-level prospects that Kansas City touted as potential major league players. During his tenure with the Royal's Anderson worked with many future major leaguer's including Mike Sweeney, Gregg Zaun and Donnie Murphy.

His work for the Royals also saw him serve as hitting coach for the Gulf Coast Royals (Rookie League) in 2001, the Class A Burlington (IA) Bee's from 2002 to 2006, the Idaho Falls Chukars (Advanced Rookie League) in 2007 and the rookie affiliate Burlington (NC) Royals in 2008.

Anderson began his coaching career in 1996 at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, serving as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. After leaving Gannon in 1997 he began coaching at The Baseball Factory, an organization that evaluates and showcases potential collegiate and professional players, in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Anderson began his first Hofstra tenure in the fall of 1998, serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under Head Coach Reginald Jackson. In 2000 Anderson served as hitting coach for the Orleans Cardinals of the prestigious Cape Cod Collegiate Summer League, building individual project plans for each player. In his one season with the Cardinals, Anderson coached future Arizona Diamondback Chad Tracy.

An individual instructor for seven years, Anderson has also worked for the Long Island Astros organization, serving as their Winter Fundamental Baseball Camp Director from 2003 to 2008. He also is a volunteer coach and coordinator for the Big Brothers/Challenger Baseball League.

Anderson's experience is not only limited to coaching as he played professionally in the late 1990s for two independent league teams (Chillicothe Paints and Zanesville Greys) and was an all-star for both organizations.

A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, Anderson graduated in 1997 with a degree in physical education and a concentration in sports management from Mars Hill College in North Carolina. He is married to Hofstra Softball Associate Head Coach Larissa Anderson and resides in Levittown, New York.


 

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