Anderson Leaving Indelible Mark On Arizona State With Improved Facilities, Programs
Arizona State VP/Athletics Ray Anderson in just three years has "already carved his indelible signature on the face of the department," according to Craig Morgan of ARIZONASPORTS.com. Anderson "has overseen" the $256M renovation of Sun Devil Stadium and negotiated an eight-year, $38M apparel agreement with adidas, "moving the school away" from Nike. Anderson also has taken the department's multimedia rights "out of the hands of IMG and brought them in-house." Additionally, his list of accomplishments includes adding a donation of $1M to the $4M that adidas fronted to "restart the men's tennis program and build a new tennis facility." He has "announced an exclusive negotiation agreement between the Coyotes and Catellus Development Corp., ASU’s athletic facilities district developer, to work towards the finalization of a commercial development project within the district along Tempe Town Lake and build two new arenas that would house the Coyotes and ASU hockey." Anderson also "added four varsity sports: men's hockey, women's lacrosse and triathlon, and men's tennis." Anderson: "The thing we are most proud of is that in an environment where most schools are finding reasons to cut varsity programs or resisting adding them because it takes resources, commitment and will, we’ve actually added four programs." Anderson "knows some critics wonder why he pays so much attention to Olympic sports when the cash cows of the department, football and men’s basketball, have struggled to establish consistent success," but it is an "opinion he calls shortsighted." Anderson said that ASU President Michael Crow’s "vision for, and commitment to public and private partnerships is what’s fueling the department’s expansion." Anderson: "You have to have the confidence to be able to go out and financially support your case, and we’ve been able to do that" (ARIZONASPORTS.com, 1/9).