When Danny Anderson accepted the position of Maiden High School boys basketball coach four years ago, it served as a challenge to rebuild a once-successful program. Having accomplished that, the legendary coach will now attempt a similar challenge at South Caldwell.
Anderson was named the Spartans’ new boys basketball coach Thursday after resigning from Maiden earlier in the day. He will replace Darren Hart, who resigned after going 24-73 over four seasons.
The move was first reported by Bryant Lilley of the Lenoir News-Topic.
After head coaching stops at Madison-Mayodan, Starmount and West Caldwell, Anderson took over the Maiden program ahead of the 2015-16 season. In his four years there, he guided the Blue Devils to 69 wins and four state tournament appearances. He celebrated his 700th career coaching victory Jan. 22 in a 59-45 win over Lincolnton and is now one of six high school coaches in the state to have reached 700 wins.
This past season, Anderson led Maiden to one of its best seasons in school history. The Blue Devils went 23-5 overall, finishing a game behind East Lincoln in the South Fork 2A Conference at 12-2. The school’s first 20-win season since 2005 ended in an overtime loss at Mountain Heritage in the second round of the NCHSAA 2A state tournament.
For his accomplishments, Anderson was named both the South Fork and District 10 coach of the year. He was also selected as the 2019 HDR All-Catawba County boys basketball coach of the year.
Before Anderson arrived, Maiden had won just 33 games from 2008-15. In his first season, he took the Blue Devils to a 14-12 record and won an opening-round playoff game at South Stokes before falling at Forest Hills.
In 2016-17, the Blue Devils improved to 15-11 and once again made the state playoffs. The following season, they went 17-9 and upset Lincolnton in the first round of the postseason.
A Gastonia native and 1976 graduate of Hunter Huss, Anderson worked as an assistant coach for his brother Andy at West Caldwell before starting his head coaching career at Madison-Mayoden in 1982. He went 37-32 in three years there before moving to Starmount, where his teams went a combined 114-58 in seven seasons.
But it was at West Caldwell where he truly built a legacy. Over the course of 22 seasons, he guided the Warriors to a 488-129 record and three state runner-up finishes (1994, 1999, 2010). In 36 years of coaching, Anderson has amassed a 708-256 record for a .734 winning percentage.
In South Caldwell, Anderson takes over a program longing for success. The Spartans went 1-23 this past season and finished last in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference with a 1-13 record. Further, the school has made just one state playoff appearance since 2008.
Maiden athletic director Caine Houser said that assistant Justin Brittain will serve as the Blue Devils’ interim coach during this transition.