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1994 NAU Athletics Hall of Fame Class

Hank Anderson

(Athletic Director, 1974-83) 

While serving as director of athletics at NAU, Hank Anderson saw many changes that are still in place today, including the addition of a women's swimming and diving team, a swimming complex and a hockey team.  The walkup Skydome was planned and built as the primary athletics facility.  The men's programs joined the Big Sky conference while the Intermountain Conference was established on the women's side.  Before coming to NAU, Anderson was the athletic director and men's basketball coach at Gonzaga University until 1972 and then served as head basketball coach at Montana State from 1972-74.  He was a key player in the founding of the Big Sky Conference while he was at Gonzaga (a charter member of the league in 1963 and remained in the Big Sky until 1979).  As a Big Sky coach, his 153 career wins remains the fourth most in league history.  His 73 Big Sky opponent wins (through 1974) at the time was a league record and is still forth best.  He served on several NCAA committees, including chairman of the credentials committee for the NCAA yearly meeting and participation on the West committee to select at-large teams for the NCAA Division I post-season tournament.  He was a key organizer of the post-season Big Sky tournament committee until his retirement.  He served as NCAA liaison for the Fiesta Bowl for five years, until his retirement.  He is a member of the Gonzaga University Hall of Fame.  He served as a nomination chair for the Hems Foundation All-America program and Hall of Fame for 10years.  He has been nominated for the National Athletic Director's Hall of Fame.

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