Inducted October 24, 2010  @ Arco Arena

GUY ANDERSON, CORDOVA (baseball): Anderson started at Cordova in 1965 and continues to be the school’s head baseball coach. His teams have compiled an 822-319-20 record in those 44 years. He was the 1981 Cal-Hi Sports state baseball coach of the year. Anderson is the second winningest high school baseball coach in California history. His teams have won four Section championships (1981, 1983-84 and 1987). He's a member of the National High School Hall of Fame.         

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Editors' Pick - Sacramento Magazine November 2003

Best High School Baseball Coach - GUY ANDERSON 

They say it's a game of stats. He's got 'em. In fact, he owns most of them. Since arriving at Cordova High School when it opened 40 years ago, Anderson has led his teams to 756 wins, ranking him fifth   nationally in wins. The legendary coach has racked up five Sac-Joaquin Section championships (an area record) and has sent 11 players to the majors, including Jerry Manuel, Larry Wolfe and Geoff Jenkins.

Dusty Baker International Baseball Academy Newsletter # 12  ~ 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacramento Bee Ranks Guy Anderson as # 8 In Top 20 Most Influential Baseball Figures In Sacramento  ~ 2005

800 Games Won.

800; on April 29, 2006               
Cordova VS Rodriquez


In extra innings 10 - 4 At 2:49 pm Coach Guy Anderson joined the ranks of the very, very few and became the 3rd high school baseball coach to ever reach this goal in the State Of California.

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2009 Hall of Fame
National Federation of State High School Associations

 
This year we will be recognizing 25 outstanding individuals with awards. The NFHS will honor 13 individuals at the conference luncheon on Tuesday, June 30, including 11 Citation Award recipients, as well as the spirit of Sport Award and the NFHS Award of Merit recipients.  During the Hall of Fame Banquet on Wednesday evening, July 1, the NFHS will honor 12 individuals by inducting them into the National High School Hall of Fame.

Master Coach Award

Rancho Cordova, California - The 15th annual winner of the Master Coach Award, presented by Easton Sports Assn. Hall of Fame skipper Guy Anderson. The Master Coach Award is annually presented to a high school coach who has exemplified not only a great ability to coach baseball, but he also mold young men into quality citizens. The head coach at Rancho Cordova High School for the past 33 years, Anderson has rang up an impressive 756-323-19 record since 1971. He has led his ball clubs to 18 league championships over the years. Keep in mind California does not have a state playoff structure because of the enormous number of high schools in the state. Several of the California sections include so many high schools that they are bigger than some states. Anderson, who is one of the legends of coaching in high school and a gentleman in every respect, has had 11 players reach the Major Leagues while 28 have signed professional contracts. He is one of the very few high school coaches in prep history to have had two first round picks taken off his team in the same year in 1972 when middle infielder Jerry Manuel and OF Mike Ondina where chosen. Manuel is now manager of the Chicago White Sox.

Through his distinguished career, Anderson has seen 35 of his players go on to play at 4-year colleges and many more at junior colleges. He estimates that approximately 12 former players are now high school or college coaches. Two are now coaching in the Major Leagues in White sox, Manager Manuel and Devil Ray's Pitching Coach Chris Bosio.

"I am so proud of all the good people who have come out of our program." said Anderson. "One of my greatest thrills took place recently when I was asked to speak at a local Little League function. When I looked at the roster, I noticed that 16 young men who played for me were currently coaching in that Little League. It was great to see my guys were still involved in the game." anderson said that several of his players have matriculated into the business world as well. "Steve Finch, a superb right handed pitcher who was a third round pick by the Rangers out of our program, is now a highly respected attorney. Another person I am extremely proud of is Scott Sellner who is a prominent stock broker in Fresno, California." Molding and shaping young men into leaders is what Anderson is known for. He is a father figure who also has been affectionately called the "little colonel" from time to time.

"Guy Anderson is a terrific pick for the Master Coach Award," said Jim Darby of Easton Sports. "He has been extremely dedicated to the game of baseball nationally and particularly in northern California. He is well respected in the game and has been at it a long, long time shaping the lives of young men."

Anderson said it is essential to have good people come out of his program, in addition to skilled athletes. "The No. 1 goal for me is developing good citizens, making sure they are humble and demanding they are aggressive athletes. The 25 rules I have are strictly enforced. One involves players who have tattoos. Those tattoos must be covered at all times during practice and games." "The kids are expected to have clean-cut haircuts throughout the season with no chin whiskers showing. I also don't allow earrings at all. When we first meet in early January for pre-conditioning, the first 15 minutes involves the neck up on our players - the mind. The next 45 minutes are devoted to the neck down. I am a stickler for learning the game properly. Our kids are also presented with information about the history of baseball to show them what a special game it is." Anderson is a member of six Hall of Fames.

He also has been presented with ABCA Regional Coach of the Year three times and National Coach of the Year once in 1999.

Anderson is one of those rare individuals who gives and gives until he has nothing left. He has served on many different committees over the years to help high school baseball prosper.

Anderson is now in his eighth year as ABCA National H.S. Chairman. Here are a few of the other committees he has served on with distinction over the years. Chairman of Sac-Juaquin section baseball Division I playoff chairman and Division II playoff chairman of the championship tournament in his area of California Sac-Juaquin section athletic director for large schools.

An elected official and director for Cordova Parks and Recreation for the past 20 years District and Regional chairman for Region 8 with the ABCA Member if ABCA Executive Committee as well as the ABAC Standing Committee.

If this wasn't enough, he has been an instructor for the past 14 years in the Dusty Baker International School of Baseball which runs three weeks every year at Rancho Cordova H.S. An average of 140 kids attend each week from age groups of 8-12, 13-15, and 16-18. Anderson was asked what his best teams were in his 33 years as a high school baseball coach. "That would definitely be in the 1980's. In 1983, we won a section title with 31-7 record. The next year in 1984, we won another section title with 35-5-1 record. Then in 1987, we won still another section title with 32-6-1 record.". His legacy at Rancho Cordova will be hard to ever match. Incredibly, his ball clubs have posted 20 wins or more in 22 of those 33 seasons. This winning coach has done it all with the class and dignity which made him Easton Sports' Master Coach of 2003.

PITCHING IN FOR THE   GREATER GOOD!!

  Volunteers make helping look easy

What do a bunch of church ladies, a softball fanatic and a park maintenance worker have in common?They were among the group of Rancho Cordova activists who were honored during the annual Community Volunteer Recognition Night hosted by the Cordova Community Council last week. Theme of the event was ''Celebrating Community in Rancho Cordova."

Honored with the highest accolade of the evening was longtime resident and. Cordova High School baseball coaching legend Guy Anderson, who was named "Rancho Cordovan of the Year." The award was presented by Vice Mayor David Sander.  In making the award, Sander applauded Anderson's 40 years of coaching young Cordova men, both on the baseball field  and in life.

"Through four decades, Guy Anderson has provided leadership to youth in the Rancho Cordova community," Sander said. 'He has weathered 802 wins, 379 lossses and 21 ties and many generations of youth. The lessons have come from both the wins and the losses."

Anderson, who hit his 800th win this season, is an American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Famer. Over the course of his long career at Cordova High School, he has coached several players to the Majors, including Geoff Jenkins, Joe Horgan, Randy Veres, Zach Crouch, Chris Bosio, Max Venable, Jerry Manuuel, Randy Lerch Chris, Nyls Nyman, Larry Wolfe, and Bob Reese.

But Anderson's efforts have reached beyond the ball field. For example, he and wife Karen volunteer weekly as reading tutors at Mather Heights Elementary School. He is the senior member of the Cordova Recreation and Park District Board of Directors, an elective post he has held for more than 20 years.

Sander said Anderson's reach has been exceptional: "He knew the families at Mather Air Force Base when it was a navigator training center for our country. He knew the families who contributed to the technical advances in aerospace at Aerojet. He's watched military families age and become senior citizens, and he's watched as new families found homes in Rancho Cordova." .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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