BEAUFORT – Billy Anderson — a former basketball star at West Caldwell High and former head coach for one season at East Burke — is coming home, a Greenville, N.C., area TV station reported late Monday night.
WCTI12 (https://wcti12.com/sports/content/july-31-11-pm-sports-east-carteret-loses-boys-basketball-coach) said Anderson is leaving as head coach at East Carteret to become the head coach at West Caldwell. He has also been athletic director while at East Carteret.
Jesse Beane was head coach of the Warriors last season (he replaced Antonio Lyerly after two seasons), and they were 5-9 in the Northwestern 3A-4A and 11-16 overall after being eliminated in the first round of the state 3A playoffs by Greensboro Smith.
When West Caldwell officials announced Lyerly’s resignation, they said Beane, also a former West Caldwell athlete, would be their interim head coach for boys’ varsity basketball.
Anderson will be the third from his family to guide the Warriors — as their former head coaches include his father, Andy, and his uncle, Danny (two tenures, currently head coach at Maiden) – and he is the eighth person named head boys’ coach at West Caldwell. Billy Anderson played for his uncle at West Caldwell.
In addition to Andy and Danny Anderson, the other West Caldwell boys’ head coaches since the school opened in the late 1970s were Jackie Teague, Jack Hoke, Dennis Smart, Hank Newson and Lyerly.
Billy Anderson played guard for the West in the 1995 East-West All-Star Game in Greensboro. After playing basketball at Lenoir-Rhyne University and transferring to play at High Point, he was junior varsity head coach at West Caldwell before being named East Burke’s head varsity boys’ coach.
After one season at East Burke (2006-07) – when the Cavs went 7-5 to finish third in the Northwestern 4A and 16-11 and to the state playoffs – Billy Anderson left.
He was then hired as head coach at East Carteret, a 1A school in Beaufort, for the 2008-09 season and, unofficially, his Mariners teams went 185-70 over the next 10 seasons.
East Carteret reached the state playoffs for the seventh straight year last season, finishing 15-11 after falling in the second round.
Billy Anderson coached the Mariners to back-to-back state 1A finals in 2013-14 (31-1) and 2014-15 (28-2), and they won the 2014-15 state title. That was during a four-year run with an 111-12 record that begain in 2012-13.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BILLY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVAfwg253m4