After high school he played basketball and was a member of the track team at Valley City State College in Valley City, ND where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education with minors in earth and environmental science and driver’s education.
He began his teaching and coaching career at Litchville High School in North Dakota where he coached girls’ basketball, girls track and was the assistant coach for boys’ basketball. He then entered graduate school at Bemidji State University where he was the assistant coach for the women’s basketball team. That year the team qualified for the NAIA national tournament. He was also the assistant softball coach.
After completing a master’s degree in physical education with emphasis in athletic coaching, he took over a struggling program at North Crawford High School in Gays Mills, WI where he increased the number of players in the program by 20% and began a solid development program for junior high and grade school students.
In 1988 Coach Andersen was named the Head Woman’s Basketball and Head Women’s Softball coach at Teikyo Westmar University in LeMars, Iowa. He was the all-time career leader in women’s basketball wins and he and his teams earned many honors during his tenure.
Coach Andersen began a career at Chadron State College in 1994 where he once again earned the honor of being the all-time winningest basketball coach in the history of the college. He also led Chadron State to its only trip to a national playoff in women’s basketball.
During his tenure at EWC he has been named Region IX Coach of the Year and the last three years his teams have averaged 20 wins a year.
Coach Andersen builds his program with high character players who are good students with a good work ethic and who desire to make themselves and their teammates better.
Tom is married to Carol and they have a son David and daughter Theresa. They enjoy spending time with their two grandchildren as well as outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing.