Ex-Villanova star Anderson hired as Penn State assistant

Dwayne Anderson playing for Villanova's Final Four team in the NCAA tournament in 2009.
Dwayne Anderson playing for Villanova's Final Four team in the NCAA tournament in 2009. (      Associated Press)
Posted: July 18, 2013

Harking back to the ride he experienced in Villanova's run to the 2009 Final Four, Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers announced Tuesday he had hired former Wildcats star Dwayne Anderson as an assistant coach.

For Anderson, a 2009 graduate who was a captain of the Wildcats in his junior and senior years, it will be his first job in coaching. He had spent the last four years playing professionally in Germany and Italy.

"My family and I are very excited to join the Nittany Lion family and help the program as much as possible," Anderson said in a statement. "Coach Chambers means the world to me. He is like family and I am excited for the opportunity to begin my coaching career working with him."

Chambers was associate head coach of the Wildcats on the Final Four team before becoming head coach at Boston University. He took the Penn State job in June 2011.

The 6-foot-6 Anderson, who went to the NCAA tournament all four years he played for Villanova, averaged 9.0 points and 6.2 rebounds during his senior season and was a defensive stopper. He also contributed with his leadership on and off the court.

"Dwayne is an absolute winner and a leader and we are fortunate to have someone of his caliber joining our staff," Chambers said. "He will be terrific connecting and communicating with the current and future players in our program."

The hiring of Anderson continues a distinct Villanova flavor on the Nittany Lions sidelines. In addition to Chambers and Anderson, associate head coach Keith Urgo (four years as an assistant coach) and director of operations Ross Condon (former player) have ties to the Wildcats.

Robinson on list

Penn State junior Allen Robinson, the 2012 Big Ten receiver of the year, has been named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award honoring the top receiver in college football. Robinson broke the Nittany Lions' school record for receptions with 77 in 2012 and his 1,013 yards receiving marked the third season of 1,000 yards or more in Penn State history. Robinson is the seventh Penn State player to be mentioned on a watch list this preseason.

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