As Krum makes the jump from Class 2A to Class 3A this fall, the Bobcats will have a new face leading their boys basketball program.
Sam Anderson, 31, will be Krum’s new head coach. He takes over for Lance Boxell, who is now an assistant at Coppell.
Boxell was the head coach at Krum for four seasons and was named the District 9-2A coach of the year last season.
Anderson most recently was a varsity assistant at Keller Timber Creek under Brad Mouser. Prior to that, he was an assistant for five years at Keller Central under Kit Pehl. At Central, he coached with good friend and Sanger head coach Robert Sikora.
Anderson said he’s excited to fulfill one of his lifelong goals.
“I think with Krum’s tradition, no doubt, it’s one of the best places to be a basketball coach — with their tradition and history, with their state championships and it being a basketball community,” Anderson said.
Anderson stressed the sense of community the town provides, and it was a point he and his wife had discussed. The situation is in stark contrast to Keller, where there are four high schools.
With Krum just recently starting a varsity football program, it has long been a town fixated on basketball. The Bobcats have won five state titles, with two coming in the 1970s and three in the ’90s.
Last season, the Bobcats went undefeated in district play and won their first district title in 10 years, but were bounced out of the area round of the playoffs by Cooper.
Anderson said he plans on running a man-to-man defense and motion offense, but the offense will depend on the players he’ll have. He credited Pehl and Mouser for teaching him, saying both men helped his career tremendously.
Sikora described his friend as a solid Christian guy with strong beliefs who stands up for his players. The Sanger coach said Anderson will be a valuable addition for the Bobcats.
“In a small school, you need coaches that can work with each other, and he’ll work well with basketball and he’ll work well with football,” Sikora said. “He played football, so he understands it and he understands the steps that Krum is trying to make as a football program.”
Anderson understands the pedigree of Krum’s program, and the pressure to win is something the coach takes in stride.
“I think that expectations will always be there, and that’s a good thing,” Anderson said. “You just want to be in a place and a community that has high expectations.”
In making the jump to Class 3A, Krum joins Sanger, Bridgeport, Decatur and Gainesville in District 9-3A. Sikora and Anderson will face each other twice during the regular season.
When asked about the coming showdowns, the former Keller Central assistants expressed their respect and fondness for each other. And both also said they don’t want to be the one to lose.
“For 32 minutes it’ll be a competitive game, and we’ll shake hands and continue our friendship,” Anderson said. “That’s one of the people I most respect.”
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