Matt Anderson, who has been recognized as the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Division III National Coach of the Year, enters his sixth season as the head coach of the men’s and women’s water polo teams at Connecticut College in 2019-20.
Anderson has made an immediate impact on both programs and has brought them to new heights. The women’s team has advanced to the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) championship match three times, capturing the league crown twice in 2015 and 2017, while the men’s program’s 24 wins since his arrival are the most in any four-year span in school history. The women’s program also boasted the second-highest GPA in the nation for all NCAA divisions in 2015.
Furthermore, Anderson has mentored a combined seven women’s ACWPC All-Americans and nine All-America Honorable Mention selections over the last five years. Kelsey Millward ’16 most notably made ACWPC All-America First Team as well as the CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s At-Large Third Team during her senior year.
Prior to his arrival at Connecticut College, Anderson served as the head coach of the women’s water polo program at the University of Michigan for 12 years. He led the Wolverines to four NCAA Tournament appearances and was named the CWPA Western Division Coach of the Year six times. The program also racked up 332 wins and 10 division titles while producing 27 All-Americans, including USA Olympic goalie Betsy Armstrong, during her tenure.
Anderson’s success as a coach extends beyond the college level. His experiences include 11 years of coaching high school programs in California and serving as an assistant coach for United States Men’s Water Polo at the national junior, youth and cadet team levels between 1999 and 2009. In addition, he won a silver medal at the 2011 World University Games as the head coach of the United States Women’s Senior National B Team.
Anderson has also been heavily involved with the sport at the national administrative level and is currently the chair of the NCAA Water Polo Rules Committee. He is also chairing the NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championship Committee beginning in the 2018-19 academic year after previous serving as the chair of the NCAA Women’s Water Polo Championship Committee.
A 1991 graduate of San Jose State and native of San Diego, Anderson is the only person to have served as the chair for all three of the NCAA’s water polo committees. He currently resides in the area with his wife, Tara, son, Everett, and daughter, Eden.