Former BYU/Utah State Men’s Basketball Head Coach LaDell Andersen Dead At 90

first_img Written by Brad James Tags: LaDell Anderson FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Former Utah State men’s basketball player and Utah State/BYU head coach LaDell Andersen died at the age of 90 Sunday per a report released Monday.The native of Malad, Idaho starred for the Aggies from 1949-1952 and was a two-time all-Skyline Conference selection as a guard.Andersen competed in the 1952 U.S. men’s basketball Olympic squad tryouts in New York City and was hired as an assistant coach under Jack Gardner at Utah in 1956.He left the Utes in 1961 to become the Aggies’ head coach, leading the squad to five NCAA Tournament appearances, including an Elite Eight appearance in 1970 before losing to eventual national champion UCLA.After leaving the Aggies’ head coaching position in 1970-71, Andersen had posted a record of 173-96 (.643) at the helm of the program.Andersen then coached the ABA’s Utah Stars from 1971-1973, posting a record of 115-53 (.685) while leading the squad to a pair of Western Division titles.Andersen then returned to Utah State to serve as athletic director from 1973-1982.Andersen played an integral role in the Aggies joining the Big West Conference and established the women’s athletic department at the Logan-based school.Andersen returned to coaching in 1983 as he led BYU’s program through the 1989 season. Andersen posted a record of 114-71 (.616) at Provo, leading the Cougars to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a 1988 WAC regular season title.He is a 1994 inductee into the Utah State Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. December 30, 2019 /Sports News – Local Former BYU/Utah State Men’s Basketball Head Coach LaDell Andersen Dead At 90last_img read more