Saturday will be a big day for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as legendary men's basketball coach Ken Anderson will be honored at halftime of the Blugolds game against River Falls. The basketball court at Zorn Arena will officially be known as Ken Anderson Court. The Blugolds won 14 conference titles and competed in the NAIA tournament 15 times under Anderson's watch. The winner of 631 games, Coach Anderson gave Sports Director an exclusive interview at Zorn Arena Friday morning, just moments after seeing his name on the floor for the first time.
Bob Gallaher: "Coach, you look down at the floor and see your name, 27 years coaching the Blugolds, is it kind of hard to believe that your finally have this day come?"
Ken Anderson/Blugolds Men's Basketball Coach (1968-1885): "Well, I'm very pleased, very proud of this, I just saw (the court) myself for the first time moments ago, they wouldn't allow me to see it, and my family, particularly my wife who was a big part of our success, helping me recruit and helping those players through the years."
Bob Gallaher: "Coach, you look around the conference, Bo Ryan court, Jack Bennett court, it only seemed logical we get Ken Anderson court. It is very special knowing your name will be in Zorn Arena forever?
Ken Anderson: "Certainly, and I take a lot of pride in that but in my mind, it's also Ken Anderson's players court, we had great, great players here and have gone on and been successful in their lives, through the course of 27 years, it's unbelievable what they accomplished and they never cease to amaze me what, they kept me in the dark that this was going to happen and as we all know, to name buildings or floors, or rooms, it costs money and they did that and raised the money and the word out there was not to tell coach and I don't know how they kept that a secret."
More than 90-thousand dollars were raised by the Blugolds alumni and friends of the program that allowed Ken Anderson Court to become a reality.