UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State men’s basketball team has added another coach to its family.
Dwayne Anderson, a leader on the 2009 Villanova Final Four team, was named an assistant coach on the Nittany Lion staff on Tuesday by head coach Patrick Chambers.
Anderson was part of a Wildcat program that made three Sweet 16 appearances before graduating and playing four seasons professionally in Europe. Chambers also was an associate head coach for the Wildcats when Anderson was a member of the team.
"Dwayne is an absolute winner and a leader, and we are fortunate to have someone of his caliber joining our staff," Chambers said in a statement. "He is fresh off a very successful playing career both in college and professionally in Europe and will be terrific connecting and communicating with the current and future players in our program."
Anderson played on three different pro teams during the last four years. He was a member of Morpho Basket Piacenza in Italy and BG Gottingen and S.Oliver Baskets in Germany, and was a two-time German All-Star selection. He led S.Oliver Baskets in scoring, rebounding and steals during teh 2012-13 season.
“My family and I are very excited to join the Nittany Lion family and help the program as much as possible," Anderson said in a statement. "Coach Chambers means the world to me. He is like family and I am excited for the opportunity to begin my coaching career working with him."
Anderson averaged 9.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game during his senior season while serving his second year as team captain in helping Villanova to the Final Four.
The addition of Anderson completes the coaching staff for Chambers, who is entering his third season as head coach.
Last month, Chambers promoted current members of the staff Brian Daly and Keith Urgo to associate head coach positions, the addition of Ryan Devlin as Director of Player Development and former Nittany Lion standout Andrew Jones to a graduate assistant coaching position. In the spring he named Brandon Spayd head strength coach.
The Nittany Lions are together practicing this week preparing for a trip to Europe, with stops in Belgium, France and England from Aug. 10-17.
The Nittany Lions were 10-21 last season and return three of their top five scorers and rebounders along with guard Tim Frazier, who has been deemed 100 percent after suffering a torn Achilles tendon early last season.