PBA Assistant Coach Chantelle Anderson has her Vanderbilt Jersey Retired
February 15, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The culmination of an impactful career in athletics usually bestows two possible honors on an exceptional or inspirational athlete, enshrinement in their sport or school’s Hall of Fame and the retirement of their number. For PBA women’s basketball assistant coach Chantelle Anderson, the second of those accomplishments would be completed this past Sunday as Vanderbilt University made Anderson only the second women’s basketball player to ever have their jersey retired.
The name Chantelle Anderson and the Lady Commodore women’s basketball program seemingly go hand-in-hand when considering that Anderson is the all-time leading scorer in school history with 2,604 career points while being the program’s only two-time Kodak All-American.
Anderson was welcomed back to the Vanderbilt campus on Sunday as part of a reunion event for former Commodore women’s basketball players at Memorial Gymnasium as VU took only rival Tennessee before a nationally-televised ESPN audience.
“I am beyond excited,” Anderson said. “Having my name hanging in the rafters at a school like Vanderbilt with such a rich tradition is the highest honor. It started with a goal freshman year before I ever played a college basketball game and I thank God for blessing me with so many wonderful people who helped make it happen. It really is amazing to me.”
Vanderbilt does not retire numbers so Anderson’s #21 will continue to be active, however the 6’6” former SEC Player of the Year and three-time All-SEC pick will forever be linked to the success of the Lady Commodore basketball program that she competed for from 2000-2003.
A charter member of the Vanderbilt University Athletic’s Hall of Fame, Anderson would go on to be the #2-overall pick in the WNBA draft and spend six seasons playing in the WNBA and overseas.
Now focused on a career in coaching, Anderson is in her first year on the staff of PBA head coach Clarisse Garcia for the Sailfish women’s basketball program.