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Ex-Virginia assistant strength coach joins UNM hoops

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Jeremy Anderson is coming to the University of New Mexico as the men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach, the school said Tuesday. Anderson joins the Lobos after spending the previous three seasons with the strength and conditioning department at the University of Virginia.

Anderson replaces Diego Baca, whose contract was not renewed for next year.

“We are really looking forward to having Jeremy join our program,” said head coach Craig Neal in a statement released by the school. “He comes to us after spending three years at Virginia under Mike Curtis who spent six years as the strength and conditioning coach with the Memphis Grizzles and has a great reputation in the NBA and college basketball. Tony Bennett, who is a coach I really respect, gave him a great recommendation, and he said a big part of Virginia’s success this past season was due to the work of their strength and conditioning staff.”

In addition to his assisting with the 30-win men’s basketball program, Anderson was also the head strength and conditioning coach for UVA’s women’s basketball. He joined the Cavaliers for the 2011-12 season as a graduate assistant before being promoted to assistant strength and conditioning coach two seasons ago. He moved to Charlottesville after a three-month stint as a strength and conditioning intern at his alma mater, Liberty University, where he played guard from 2008-10 and captained the men’s team in 2010.

“I am really excited about the opportunity to come to New Mexico and a top 25 program,” said Anderson in the UNM statement. “I can’t wait to get started helping these student-athletes and this program achieve its goals of winning championships.”

Anderson graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average. He was also a member of the 2008-09 Big South Conference all-freshman team.  A native of Bowling Green, Ky., Anderson earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Liberty University in 2011. He graduated from Virginia with a master’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology in 2013.

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