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Former Delcastle track coach Anderson up for hall induction

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The Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame will induct 10 new members at its annual banquet on May 15 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, next to the hall of fame, which is located at Frawley Stadium.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a social hour, with dinner beginning at 6:45 p.m. Tickets area available by emailing Sue Holloway at sueholloway@comcast.net or calling (302) 992-0550. Tickets are $60 each, and the deadline to order is May 7. Checks can be made payable to DSMHOF and mailed to Sue Holloway, 3 Blackberry Lane, Wilmington, DE 19807. Credit cards are also accepted by calling Holloway.

The first of the honorees to be profiled here is Ernie Anderson.

Anderson was a multi-sport athlete in high school at Conrad (1961-64), and a football and track star at Delaware State University. He won eight varsity letters at Conrad, breaking Mike Brown’s school season football scoring record. In basketball, Anderson was third-team all-state in 1964.

When he arrived in Dover, he became a four-year starter on the DSU football team, leading the Hornets in rushing, scoring and touchdowns each season. He also excelled at track, winning the 1967 NAIA district championship in the 100- and 200-yard dashes and long jump.

Anderson coached track and field at Delcastle Technical High School for 38 years, including nine seasons as both boys and girls coach. His teams collected 12 state championships and were second seven times. The Delcastle boys won eight New Castle County meet titles and went seven years (1984-90) without losing a dual meet. His overall record in dual meets was 225-109-3 for the boys, 59-19-1 for the girls.

He coached 12 individual state record-setters, 140 individual state champions and 44 state relay championship teams. Anderson was the state Track and Field Coach of the Year eight times and county Coach of the Year four times. He is a member of the Delaware State Hall of Fame and the Delaware Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame.

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