A large crowd of friends, fans, and former players looked on Tuesday night as the gym at Stratford High School in Nashville was formally named the Charlie Anderson Gymnasium. During the break between the girls and boys games against MLK, Stratford Executive Principal Mike Steele presented Anderson with a plaque commemorating the event and the newly painted name “Charlie Anderson Gymnasium” was unveiled on the gym walls above the bleachers on both sides of the court. Then the legendary coach himself addressed the crowd thanking all, but especially noted that he would be nothing without his former players, many of whom were in attendance.
Charlie Anderson is credited with 1080 wins in his long coaching career which began at Stratford where he coached from 1961-1975. Anderson also coached at Bellevue High for 5 years, coached Hillsboro girls for a year, went to Aquinas Junior college and coached for twenty years, and then returned to the high school ranks at Nashville Christian School to coach for twelve more years. Anderson now assists his grandson, Caden, at MLK.