UM introduces new Athletic Director

TSR was on hand today at the press conference introducing new Maryland AD Kevin Anderson

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland introduced its new director of athletics, Kevin Anderson, Tuesday, replacing 16-year director Deborah A. Yow with the United States’ Military Academy’s former athletics director.

Anderson had been the AD at Army since 2004, before which he worked as the executive associate athletics director at Oregon State, in charge of seven sports including football and men’s and women’s basketball. He has also previously worked in the athletics departments at the University of California – Berkeley and Stanford University.

“Today is a new day at the University of Maryland,” Anderson said. “I am excited and looking forward to building an incredible team. That was the main thing when President Loh called me, he talked about me being a part of his team.”

Anderson was on hand the previous day at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore for the Terrapin football team’s thrilling victory over the Naval Academy, and considering his previous employer, was pleased with the result.

“In my five years at Army,” he said, “we never beat Navy, so thank you very much. They told me, don't come back without a win.”

Loh made only his second public appearance since being chosen as the university’s next president, and commented on the large gathering of media, staff and alumni on hand to witness Anderson’s introduction.

“It wasn’t so long ago that I was introduced as the president-designate,” Loh said. Let me tell you, looking at the crowd here, that tells me which position is more important.”

A significant issue for the athletics department in recent years has been budget issues, as it has fallen short of projected revenues.

“Everywhere I've been, there have been budget issues,” said Anderson, “so it's not a unique challenge coming to the University of Maryland and having those sorts of things. We're going to come in, we're going to evaluate, we're going to see where we are as a program. We're going to see where we are financially.”

Yow’s tenure was marred with a reportedly frosty relationship with the undisputed face of Maryland athletics, men’s head basketball coach Gary Williams, so Anderson knows how important it will be to start his term on the right foot with his coaches.

“The coaches are going to be involved in everything that we do,” he said. “We're going to sit down and we're going to meet. I'm going to talk to them and they're going to talk to me about how they're recruiting. We're going to talk about the budget. They're going to be a part of everything that we do.

“This is a team thing. Everything we do is going to be inclusive. There are no "me's" here. It's all about we and it's all about the team. When we all work together, we're all successful together and we're going to take this to the next level.”

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