Villanova Hires Penn State Assistant Coach Dwayne Anderson

By Dan Smith on May 8, 2018 at 4:17 pm
Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Patrick Chambers looks on from the sidelines against the Columbia Lions during the second half at the Bryce Jordan Center.

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Penn State assistant basketball coach Dwayne Anderson is leaving the program to become the Director of Basketball Operations at his alma mater, Villanova, according to a report from CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein.

The Wildcats, winners of two of the last three national championships, had a vacancy on their coaching staff after Ash Howard was hired as the new head coach at La Salle. Anderson played at Villanova for four years, culminating in a Final Four run in 2009, his senior season. Chambers was the assistant head coach for that team, having been on the Villanova coaching staff for Anderson's entire college career.

After his graduation from 'Nova, Anderson played four years of professional basketball in Germany before being hired by Chambers in 2013. He had spent the past five seasons as an assistant to Chambers.

The departure of Anderson is a tough one for Chambers. He had been the team's primary recruiter in the "DMV" region surrounding Washington D.C. The remaining assistant coaches are associate head coach Keith Urgo and second-year assistant Jim Ferry.

The athletic department already posted the job opening before Anderson's departure was announced, and will look to see what options are available to round out the coaching staff.

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