Aquinas College Mourns the Passing of Coach Charles Anderson

February 02, 2021

The Aquinas College community mourns the passing of Coach Charles Anderson, who died on Wednesday, January 27, after his struggle with COVID-19.

Coach Charles Murray Anderson and his son, Charles Anderson.

Coach Charles Murray Anderson with his son,  Chuck Anderson at Aquinas College.

Coach Anderson made a lasting contribution to athletics at Aquinas College and in Tennessee. During his twenty years as director of athletics and basketball coach at Aquinas, his record was 451-179. Anderson led the Aquinas Cavaliers to win the National Junior College Championship in 1991, the first time the championship was won by a Tennessee team.

Anderson was well-loved by the student-athletes he coached. He is remembered for his personal care for each student’s well-being, and for calling his athletes to compete both on the court and in the classroom with high personal standards.

Anderson was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Junior College Hall of Fame, and the National Junior College Basketball Association Hall of Fame, among many other honors and awards for his excellence in coaching.

Aquinas College wishes to express its gratitude for Coach Anderson’s life and dedication to his athletes and to the sport of basketball. The college community wishes to extend its prayerful support to his family, especially his wife Beverly; his son Chuck, with whom he coached; and all who mourn his loss.