Former Bellarmine University assistant basketball coach Damien Anderson has been named head coach at DeSales High School, Athletic Director Don Bowers ’81 announced today.
“It is truly an honor and a blessing to accept this opportunity at DeSales, and I’m excited for the chance to be a part of such a proud basketball tradition,” remarked Coach Anderson. “DeSales has experienced a lot of success in a very tough district, and I hope to build on that moving forward. When I heard about the opening I knew it was something I couldn’t let pass me by. I’m very grateful to Mr. Bowers for bringing me in, and I can’t wait to meet the team and get started.”
The Australian native arrives at DeSales with sixteen years of professional experience playing in Australia and eleven years of coaching experience in the U.S. He holds records for the most 3-pt field goals in a game and most points ever by an Australian-born player in major league Australian basketball.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Coach Anderson join our program,” Bowers said. “His enthusiasm for coaching is undeniable and his track record speaks for itself. The future of Colts basketball is very bright with him at the helm.”
In 2007, Coach Anderson was hired as a Division I graduate assistant at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. Upon relocating to Louisville in 2009, Anderson spent four years as an assistant coach at St. Xavier High School before joining Scotty Davenport’s staff at Bellarmine. During his three years with the Knights, Bellarmine achieved a 77-19 record and appeared in three consecutive NCAA D-II tournaments.
Former U of L standout and 9-year NBA veteran Reece Gaines, an assistant at Bellarmine with Coach Anderson, had high praise for his former colleague. “Damien is a coach who relates well to today’s players. He’s able to motivate student athletes because he has a genuine ability to build trust with them. He’s also just a great human being. I believe DeSales will benefit tremendously from his presence on campus.”
Coach Anderson spent the 2017-18 season as an associate head coach at Aspire Academy, which brought him to DeSales’ campus for team practices and games. That year led him to a reunion of sorts with DeSales graduate Corbin Maynard ’11, another Aspire assistant who also happened to play for Coach Anderson during his time at Bellarmine. Maynard is now an assistant at Eastern Kentucky University.
“In Coach Anderson DeSales has found a strong leader with a positive outlook and a basketball IQ that’s off the charts,” said Maynard. “His coaching philosophy and schematics significantly influenced the success we had at Bellarmine, and working with him last year as a coach was a valuable learning experience for me. As an alumnus and a fan of DeSales basketball, I’m ecstatic to see such a great addition to the program."
Coach Anderson and his wife LeeAnn are members of St. Louis Bertrand parish and have a 23-month old daughter, Isla.