Coach Anderson: The Tigers' Latest Champion Runner?
April 1, 2010
By Joe Farris
For Missouri men's basketball head coach Mike Anderson, there's only one thing he looks forward to during the offseason: running.
It's a pretty common activity for a man his age to stay in shape. But it's pretty uncommon to do it how Coach Anderson does it.
With the 2009-2010 season over, 50-year-old Anderson runs an average of 25 miles per day: jogging every morning from his home to his office. He can usually hitch a ride back home in the evening with one of his assistant coaches.
Why such a rigorous running routine? It's because the competitive coach and former athlete was told he couldn't last summer by an old college buddy. Anderson took the challenge - and he ran with it, literally. And he's been running everyday since then.
"I knew I was in good shape," said Anderson. "And I figured with the right stretching and the running shoes, why couldn't I do it?"
While a daily near-marathon is not a big deal to Anderson, the feat does amaze everyone who learns of this unique on-foot commute.
"When I first heard about it, I assumed he was joking," notes assistant coach Barry Loudis. "Then I saw him do it. And do it again. And again. It was absolutely unbelievable."
Coach Anderson says he has no plans to get his team onto his punishing off-season regime, although he concedes it would likely help the Tigers' stamina during the season. He quipped, "I'd rather send my men to the line and have them run sprints all summer long. It's more fun to watch."
For those looking to follow in Anderson's footsteps, the coach stretches his legs and back for 15-minutes prior to every run, he always wears Nike Air Max running shoes and he always runs on sidewalks or running paths for safety.