The 2014-15 season marks Rob Anderson's 14th year as Sports Information Director at Creighton after joining the Bluejay staff in December of 2001. The office was recognized as the "Best in the MVC" by league officials at the conclusion of the 2007-08 academic year, an honor they won again after the 2010-11 campaign.
At Creighton, Anderson is the primary contact for men's basketball, and volleyball, while also overseeing student workers that handle cross country and golf. In his role, Anderson is responsible for all media guides, game programs and news releases while also coordinating press conferences for those sports. Additionally, Anderson plays a key role in maintaining Creighton's official athletic website at http://www.gocreighton.com, as well as social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
He also helps coordinate the production of schedule cards and is a member of committee that plans the Bluejay Jamboree, Creighton's largest annual Athletics fundraiser. Anderson oversees a staff that includes Assistant Sports Information Directors Jeremy Strachan and Glen Sisk. He also oversaw an intern program from 2002-12 that saw workers accept positions at Creighton, Cincinnati, UNLV, Memphis, Kansas, Missouri State, Ottawa (Kan.), Penn State, Bowling Green and SMU.
Anderson also owns vast experience working numerous NCAA championship events in a variety of roles. In 2008, Anderson served as Media Coordinator for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament First- and Second-Round games at CenturyLinkCenter Omaha. That field included eventual national champion Kansas, as well as Big Ten champ Wisconsin, UNLV and a high-profile USC-Kansas State contest that featured O.J. Mayo against Michael Beasley, among others. He repeated his role as Media Coordinator in 2012 for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament 2nd/3rd Round games held in Omaha. Anderson has also worked NCAA basketball events in St. Louis such as the 2005 Men's Basketball Final Four, the 2001 and 2009 Women's Basketball Final Fours, and Men's Basketball Regionals in 2004, 2007 and 2010. In 2014, he joined the Media Coordination staff for the Final Four in Dallas.
Anderson has also accompanied the CU baseball team to postseason Regionals in Lincoln (2005), Fayetteville (2007), Corvallis (2011) and Los Angeles (2012) in recent seasons.
Each June, Anderson works with the NCAA during the College World Series to provide live internet statistics and the official statistics of the series while also helping to coordinate local media credential requests. The 2008 MCWS saw Anderson serve as official scorer for three games as well, while the 2011 MCWS marked the event's debut at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. In 2012, he returned as official scorer for one game of the CWS, and in 2014 served as press conference moderator following a pair of games. He is responsible for maintaining detailed stadium records for the facility, as well.
Anderson's work in 2002-03 coincided with the Creighton men's basketball program return to the top-25 rankings for the first time in nearly 30 years, as the team eventually reached as high as ninth in the coaches poll. Along the way, Anderson helped direct the promotional campaign for National Player of the Year finalist Kyle Korver, who was lauded by Dick Vitale as his Midseason National Player of the Year.
Anderson also coordinated all publicity efforts for Doug McDermott, the first player in CU history to earn First Team All-America honors from the USBWA, AP and NABC. McDermott was named Midseason National Player of the Year by Jay Bilas, Mike DeCourcy and Len Elmore in 2011-12. McDermott was again named a First Team All-American by multiple organizations in 2012-13 while becoming a finalist for the National Player of the Year award. In 2013-14, McDermott swept all 14 National Player of the Year awards and also appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated after becoming the eighth player in NCAA history to reach 3,000 career points. He would go on to be the 11th player selected in the 2014 NBA Draft.
In addition to Korver and McDermott, Anderson has also worked directly with CoSIDA Academic All-Americans Brody Deren, Michael Lindeman, Emily Greisch, Megan Bober and Anthony Tolliver. He also helped work with ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte, who was featured by Sports Illustrated, The New York Times and the CBS Evening News, among others, while with the Jays.
The Bluejay men's basketball team has reached the postseason and won 18 or more games every season since Anderson's arrival, including the top 10 single-season attendance marks in MVC history at CenturyLink Center Omaha. He's worked players that have earned five MVC and one BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year accolades, three Sixth Men of the Year, two MVC Freshmen of the Year, two MVC Newcomers of the Year, three players that reached the NBA, three men who competed in the Three-Point Contest at the Final Four, and one student-athlete who played for Team USA (twice). His 2008-09 men's basketball media guide was ranked ninth-best nationally.
As volleyball SID, Anderson has also worked with one of the nation's fastest-rising programs, including the 2009 move to the Wayne & Eileen Ryan Athletic Center and the 2010 team that received the program's first NCAA Tournament bid. Among the student-athletes he has worked with are first-team all-MVC picks Korie Lebeda, Leah Ratzlaff, Kelly Goc, Megan Bober, Jessica Houts, Melanie Jereb and Kelli Browning and three women named First Team All-BIG EAST. He also nominated the program's first Academic All-Americans (Emily Greisch and Bober), and first honorable-mention All-Americans (Goc, Bober, Browning). In 2010, volleyball coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth was named CVU.com's national coach of the year, and in 2012 she was named the CaptainU National Coach of the Year. Anderson picked up the 2007 Viggo O. Nelson National Collegiate Media Guide Award, and saw his 2012 media guide be named the nation's best. Creighton's 2008 volleyball media guide was ranked eighth-best nationally, as well. He also served as the Media Coordinator for the 2009 State Farm MVC Volleyball Tournament in Omaha.
In addition he researched a story that finished second-best in the 2009-10 CoSIDA Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest, and in 2012-13 was honored by Creighton University with the Division of Student Life's "Outstanding Staff Award".
Anderson arrived in Omaha after 3 1/2 years in the Athletic Media Relations office at Northern Iowa. While at UNI, Anderson served as the primary contact for Panther baseball, women's basketball and the athletics website at www.unipanthers.com. With his promotion to Associate Athletic Media Relations Director in the fall of 2000, Anderson added duties as contact for the inaugural season of the women's soccer program while also handling UNI's nationally ranked volleyball program. Soccerbuzz.com named him as the country's best first-year soccer SID in 2000 and seventh-best overall.
Anderson got his start in the MVC with a 1998 internship at the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Sports Information Office, where he worked under the tutelage of Gene Green, Bryan McGowan and Fred Huff. Anderson was contact for the MVC-champion women's golf team while also working heavily with SIU track, baseball and softball.
Anderson is a 1998 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he graduated with a degree in Exercise & Sport Science-Sport Management and a minor in Business Administration. While at UW-L, Anderson spent one season as a manager with the men's basketball program before working three years in UW-L's award-winning Sports Information office. He also wrote for the school paper, The Racquet, where he served as Sports Editor his final semester.
Anderson grew up in the Milwaukee (Wis.) suburb of Mequon, where he graduated from Homestead High School and participated in basketball, baseball and golf.
Anderson, 38, resides in Omaha.