The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 1, 2014

Boys basketball: East Juniata's Anders hands in resignation

COCOLAMUS — After six seasons pacing the hardwood at East Juniata High, boys basketball coach Brock Anders handed in his resignation this past Thursday.

Anders guided the Tigers to the school’s best single-season in history this past year, going 22-0 and 16-0 in the Tri-Valley League in the regular season before falling in the District 4 Class AA quarterfinals to Southern Columbia in double overtime.

It was also the school’s first league title.

“Words cannot put into perspective my tenure at East Juniata. I was blessed to work with some outstanding players and families” Anders said in an email Sunday night. “What we were able to accomplish as a program the past six years showed the work ethic of the players and determination of a coaching staff that included Brian Dressler and Steve Madden.”

The Tigers made the postseason four of Anders’ six seasons, including the past three seasons. Anders was 79-57 in his career, and was 59-11 the past three years.

“I am proud of the history and major improvements we made along the way,” Anders added.

Anders cites the birth of another child later this year as well as finishing his master’s degree in Educational Leadership as factors to step down as head coach.

The former coach also cited not being able to fully commit the time to continue the program in the direction he would like as a factor into his decision to step down.

“I want to thank the Juniata School Board District, in particiular Ben Fausey and retired athletic director Rod Hart for the opportunity they gave me six years ago to lead E.J. boys basketball. This was the most difficult decision I have had to make as a coach,” Anders said.

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