|Born||September 11, 1902|
|Died||June 13, 1967 (aged 64)|
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
|High school||Central (Akron, Ohio)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Basketball Hall of Fame as coach|
|College Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2006
W. Harold Anderson (September 11, 1902 – June 13, 1967) was an American college men's basketball coach at Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo. As a player, he played at Otterbein College, a small liberal arts college outside Columbus, Ohio. As a coach he was one of the first to win more than 500 games on the collegiate level. Anderson was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Anderson was born September 11, 1902 in Akron, Ohio. He attended Akron Central High School, where he played football, baseball, basketball and ran track.
He then attended Otterbein College in Columbus, Ohio where he earned eleven athletic letters: three each in football, baseball and basketball and two in track.
Anderson began his career as a teacher and coach at Wauseon High School (Ohio) and Toledo Waite High School.
Andreson Coached at the University of Toledo from 1934–1942 and compiled a record of 142–41.
Anderson then coached at Bowling Green State University from 1943–1963, with a record of 362–185.
His career collegiate coaching record was 504–226.
After his retirement from coaching, Anderson continued to serve Bowling Green State University as the Director of Athletics.
While pioneering the run and gun, up-tempo style of play, he developed eleven (all of whom played in the NBA) All-America athletes, including Don Otten, Hall of Fame inductee Nate Thurmond and 1950 NBA draft No. 1 overall pick Chuck Share.
|Toledo Rockets (Independent) (1934–1942)|
|1941–42||Toledo||23–5||NIT Fourth Place|
|Bowling Green Falcons (Independent) (1942–1953)|
|1943–44||Bowling Green||22–4||NIT Quarterfinal|
|1944–45||Bowling Green||24–4||NIT Runner-up|
|1945–46||Bowling Green||27–5||NIT Quarterfinal|
|1947–48||Bowling Green||27–6||NIT Quarterfinal|
|1948–49||Bowling Green||24–7||NIT Third Place|
|1950–51||Bowling Green||10–4**(15–12)||George Muellich (5–8); Harold Anderson (10–4)|
|Bowling Green Falcons (Mid-American Conference) (1953–1963)|
|1953–54||Bowling Green||17–7||10–3||2nd||NIT Quarterfinal|
|1958–59||Bowling Green||18–8||9–3||T–1st||NCAA University Division First Round|
|1961–62||Bowling Green||21–4||11–1||1st||NCAA University Division First Round|
|1962–63||Bowling Green||19–8||9–3||1st||NCAA University Division Regional Fourth Place|
Postseason invitational champion