Baseball never really leaves your blood. That’s why Bob Anderson decided to coach the Shasta Dam Area Little League juniors team last season – more than six years removed from his last coaching stint.
On Friday, Anderson, the former coach who led Central Valley High School to three straight Northern Section baseball titles for 2009-2011, was named as Enterprise’s new varsity head coach. He takes over for Dustin Fortenberry.
“It was one of those things – I really missed the relationships,” said Anderson, a P.E. teacher at Weaverville’s Trinity High School. “You don’t necessarily miss the grind, but you miss the players and your staff and even the parents and opponents.”
Ironically, Anderson said, it was an umpire who clued him in on the Hornets’ vacancy. A firebrand in the dugout, 57-year-old Anderson said he’s often misunderstood, that his passion and enthusiasm for the game are genuine.
“A lot of people mistake me as a yeller,” he said. “I call it passion.
“Anyone who’s played for me will say that I care for them as people.”
Enterprise Athletic Director Jim Henderson has known Anderson for decades, playing high school ball in Southern California while Anderson was coaching at Torrance’s Bishop Montgomery.
“We’re excited to get a coach with years of experience,” Henderson said. “His knowledge of the game is deep and wide.”
And that, Henderson said, will help the Hornets build a program and possibly help develop junior varsity coach Daniel Bartow to step into that role when Anderson is done coaching.
He said the January hiring sets the program back in terms of getting to work, but he’s confident to get the players up to speed. Anderson is set to meet the players on Saturday, Henderson said.
“We won’t talk about winning and losing,” Anderson said. “Those take care of themselves. Obviously, we want to do well, but it’s not our first priority.
“I think I bring in 30-plus years of experience that can help them get better. I’m going to set the bar high.”
Enterprise has finished above .500 twice in the past 15 years – 22-10-1 in 2017 under Fortenberry and 16-15 in 2012 under Dave O’Ravez – and is 157-255-2 in the MaxPreps era.
And for being in a different uniform for the first time in nearly two decades?
“I think the only time it’ll be different is the CV game,” he said of the early March game against the Falcons. “That might be weird.”
Anderson coached baseball at Central Valley from 2001 to 2012, turning a program that had won three league titles in 45 year into a powerhouse that consistently competed for not just NAL titles, but Northern Section crowns.
He grabbed Division II titles in three straight seasons from 2009 to 2011 before stepping down and leaving the classroom for administration. His teams won 236 games in 12 seasons and went to section finals games in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The Falcons were 32-2 in 2009 and Anderson was the Cal-Hi Sports Medium Schools Coach of the Year in 2009. Additionally, he won the Record Searchlight Coach of the Year in 2001, 2009 and 2010, and has coached the Bob Busch Lions All-Star game five times.
His baseball pedigree includes all the North State accolades, in addition to his time spent in Southern California. He was the coach at Bishop Montgomery in Torrance, an assistant head coach at Los Angeles Harbor College and scout for the Cleveland Indians organization.