Vanderbilt's all-time leading basketball scorer takes to coaching

Monday, April 18, 2011 at 9:45pm
Staff reports

Vanderbilt’s all-time leading scorer — in either men’s or women’s basketball — has landed herself an assistant coaching job in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Chantelle Anderson, who played for the Commodores from 2000-03, was named to Virginia Tech’s women’s basketball coaching staff on Monday.

“There was a time I didn’t think I would even get into coaching, but God takes you down paths you don’t expect,” Anderson said. “I am excited to meet this challenge with the same vigor and enthusiasm that I have met every other challenge in my life with and prove that I am deserving of this opportunity.”

Anderson spent last season as an assistant at Palm Beach Atlantic, a Christian university in Florida. That was her second coaching job after spending six years in the WNBA and playing overseas. She was drafted second overall in the 2003 WNBA draft.

In February, Anderson became the fourth player in Vanderbilt’s basketball history to have her jersey retired and just the second from the women’s program. She was a three-time Associated Press All-American and was selected twice as Kodak All-American. Anderson, a native of Vancouver, Wash., scored 2,604 points in her four years at Vanderbilt.

“After meeting Chantelle, I became totally convinced that all of her varied experiences and talent more than made up for her limited coaching background,” Virginia Tech head coach Dennis Wolff said. “Her enthusiasm and personality will enable her to connect immediately with our players and prospects.”