NEWBERRY - Newberry College head baseball coach Russell Triplett has announced the addition of a pair of collegiate standouts to his coaching staff as the Wolves prepare for the 2014 season.
David Anderson was an All-American at Coastal Carolina, while Brett Harker was an All-American at College of Charleston.
The duo join Jay Snyder and Tommy Williams to round out the Wolves' coaching staff.
David Anderson joins Newberry College in his first season as an assistant coach.
Anderson played as an infielder, pitcher and designated hitter for Coastal Carolina from 2005-09. He earned third team All-American honors in 2009 from Collegiate Baseball, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, CollegeBaseballInsider.com and Ping! Baseball, as well as being the NCAA Conway Regional Co-MVP in 2008.
Nationally, Anderson ranked seventh in RBI (with a CCU-record 82) in 2009, 20th in home runs (21) in 2009, 21st in home runs (20) in 2008, 36th in slugging percentage (.732) in 2009 and 38th in walks (45) in 2009.
Anderson received several Big South honors including Big South Player of the Year in 2009, Big South Tournament MVP in 2009, first team All-Big South as a first baseman in 2009, first team All-Big South as a pitcher in 2007, second team All-Big South as a first baseman in 2008 and second team All-Big South as a designated hitter in 2007.
He led the Big South in home runs twice (21 in 2009 and 20 in 2008) and RBI once (82 in 2009), while leading the team in batting average (.377 in 2009), slugging percentage (.732 in 2009) and saves (10 in 2007).
In CCU's baseball career record book Anderson is first in home runs (50, second in Big South history), third in RBI (184, seventh in Big South history), third in total bases (438, ninth in Big South history), seventh in career saves (12), 11th in hits (241), 13th in games played (200), 14th in at-bats (702) and 16th in career runs scored (144).
Anderson, from Lexington (White Knoll HS), played two years in the Baltimore Orioles' minor league system after college. He is married to the former Samantha Carver, who played basketball at Coastal Carolina. He graduated from Coastal Carolina with a degree in recreation and sport management in May of 2013.
Brett Harker joins Newberry College in his first season as assistant baseball coach.
Harkeris a native of Greenville, S.C., and played baseball for Hillcrest HS. He was awarded all-region and all-state honors, as well as named MVP of the North Carolina/South Carolina All-Star game. He recieved an athletic scholarship to the College of Charleston where he was a closer for the Cougars.
At C of C, Harker was all-Southern Conference in 2004 and 2005, and named Southern Conference pitcher of the year and a Louisville Slugger All-American in 2005. Brett holds the single season and all-time saves record for C of C as well as the Southern Conference.
After his junior season, Harker was selected in the fifth round by the Philadelphia Phillies. After spending four seasons with the Phillies organization, reaching the AA level, Brett was selected by the Florida Marlins in the MLB Rule 5 Draft. He played in both AA and AAA for the Marlins. In 2010, Harker played for the Schaumburg Flyers of the Northern League followed by a stint with the Lincoln Saltdogs in 2011.
In 2011, he began his coaching career as the assistant baseball coach for Greenville HS. The Raiders went a perfect 10-0 in region, and were ranked the third in Class AAA.
Harker joined the North Greenville University staff in 2012, and worked as both the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Crusaders. The Crusaders' 2012 season was highlighted by road wins over top 10 Lander as well as top-ranked Mount Olive.
In the summer of 2013, Brett served as the pitching coach for the Southeast representative of the Big League World Series. The Greenville-based team swept through the World Series, beating Venezuela in the championship game on ESPN.
Brett is married to his wife Tiffany and they have a 1-year-old daughter, Emma.