Prep notes: Anderson takes a unique path to D-I

Prep notes: Anderson takes a unique path to D-I


Prep notes: Anderson takes a unique path to D-I


Randall Anderson was a first-team All-State football player at William Penn last fall, but Temple was the only major college interested in the big defensive end.

So Anderson headed to Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, where he played postgraduate football this fall and lit up the recruiting radar. He zeroed in on East Carolina, and plans to sign a letter of intent on Wednesday.

“I didn’t have many recruiters looking at me coming out of high school, so I had to go to prep school to get some more looks and get better at football,” Anderson said. “… I’ve learned a lot. Just being able to juggle everything, take all of these classes and then work on football afterward.

“It’s being disciplined. Fork Union is a military school, so we had a lot of drills and retreats to go to. It teaches discipline and how to stay focused.”

Anderson will report to East Carolina on Jan. 10. He will participate in spring football, and will have a full four years of eligibility. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder chose the Pirates over North Carolina State, Maryland, Wake Forest and Temple.

East Carolina’s football program will join the Big East in 2014. The Pirates have ended six of the last seven seasons in a bowl game, and will take on Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday.

“It’s just a great fit,” Anderson said. “… It’s a great opportunity to help a team that is doing big things. I felt like I fit in there better than any other college.”

Regional honor

Archmere boys soccer coach Bob Bussiere has been named Region II coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for the third time. Bussiere joins seven other regional winners in the running for the national award, to be announced during the NSCAA convention Jan. 16-20 in Indianapolis.

Bussiere guided Archmere to a 12-5 record this year. The Auks lost to eventual state champion Salesianum 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the DIAA Boys Soccer Tournament.

Bussiere has compiled a 372-160-51 record in 32 years of coaching at Archmere, Glasgow, Caravel and New Rochelle (N.Y.). His teams have won two state championships (at New Rochelle in 1986 and Glasgow in 1995), the first two times he was named regional coach of the year.

Rounding it up

* Newark Charter School, which will expand into the high school grades next fall, has hired Jessica Phipps Weller as head volleyball coach and Steve Sinko as head cross country coach. The volleyball program will begin as a junior varsity team before expanding to varsity play later.

* Smyrna finished second behind Bound Brook (N.J.) in the team standings Saturday at the Battle at the Beach wrestling tournament at Indian River. The event drew 27 teams from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia. Smyrna had three individual winners: Brent Fleetwood (113 pounds), Tyler Carney (126) and Jarren Wilson (160). Thomas Ott took the 220-pound title for Cape Henlopen.

* Wilmington Friends senior Lauren Kerrigan has been named Delaware’s Gatorade volleyball player of the year for the second straight year.

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