Baseball: Anderson departs Regis Jesuit to coach at Oklahoma

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Mike Anderson
Mike Anderson coaches third base for Regis Jesuit during the Class 5A District 2 baseball tournament on May 11, 2013. Anderson has accepted an assistant coaching job at the University of Oklahoma, leaving Regis Jesuit looking for its fourth new head coach in as many seasons. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | In what has become a rite of summer over the past few years, Regis Jesuit is in search of a head baseball coach.

Athletic director Kelly Doherty confirmed Tuesday that Anderson has accepted an assistant coach position at the University of Oklahoma, leaving the Regis Jesuit coaching job open for the third time in four seasons after the previous departures of Walt Weiss and Steve Cavnar.

Cavnar stepped down following the 2011 season — when the Raiders won the Class 5A state championship — and Weiss left after one season to take the job as manager of the Colorado Rockies. Doherty was pleased to hire a coach with the character and credentials of Anderson, the University of Nebraska head baseball coach from 2003-11.

The fiery Anderson guided the Raiders to a 14-6 record in his lone season, including 10 straight victories to close the regular season. With a chance to return to the 5A baseball championship series for a third straight season, Regis Jesuit lost 5-1 loss to Chatfield in the District 2 championship game.

Doherty knew it would be tough to keep Anderson around if another college program expressed interest in him and one did in Oklahoma, which recently hired Pete Hughes — Anderson’s good friend — as its new head coach.

Anderson’s replacement at Regis Jesuit hadn’t yet been hired as of Tuesday according to Doherty. Whoever takes over the program inherits a team that should return a talented class of seniors-to-be headlined by three Division I commitments: left-handed pitcher David Peterson (Oregon), second baseman Max George (Oregon State) and Reagan Todd (Arizona State).

Prior to Anderson, Cavnar posted a 91-45 record in six seasons at Regis Jesuit before he stepped down for personal reasons and Weiss guided the Raiders to a 20-6 record and 5A semifinal appearance in 2012 before the Rockies hired him last November.

Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555