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Dori Anderson Oldaker

Coaching ∙ Blackhawk

 

Twenty-three years ago, Dori Anderson attended the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame banquet as a high school senior about to graduate from Blackhawk High School. She was honored at this prestigious dinner with the "Beaver County Co-Athlete of the Year" Award. This year, she returns as a member of the Class of 2009.

Following her graduation from Blackhawk, Anderson attended Penn Sate University, where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduation, she became an educator and basketball coach in the Blackhawk School District. During her tenure at Blackhawk, she coached the Junior High girls basketball team, compiling a record of 136-14, while concurrently coaching the High School girls varsity program. She led Blackhawk’s varsity to back-to-back WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA championships in 1999 and 2000, while earning Associated Press Big School Coach of the Year honors in both seasons. In four seasons with Blackhawk’s varsity, she compiled an impressive 105-18 record.

In 2002, Anderson was invited to join the coaching staff of the University of Pittsburgh woman’s basketball team. One year later, she accepted a teaching position in the Mount Lebanon School District and became the head coach of the girls basketball team. That was a fortuitous hire for Mount Lebanon, as Anderson brought her Midas touch to the Blue Devils' program. In 2006, she led Mount Lebanon to a 27-3 record and a spot in the WPIAL Quad-A championship game. She was also selected as the WPIAL Quad-A Coach of the Year that season. In 2008, Mount Lebanon went 28-4 and was the PIAA Quad-A runners-up. But it was the 2009 season which proved to be one for the ages, as Mount Lebanon compiled a perfect 26-0 record and a WPIAL Quad-A championship, the first in school history. Mount Lebanon went on to win the PIAA title and finish with an unblemished 31-0 record. She was also named the Associated Press Pennsylvania AAAA Coach of the Year.

In 2001, Anderson received the esteemed honor of being named The Dapper Dan Woman of the Year. Also in that year, she was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Girls Athletic Hall of Fame. During the 2005-2006 season, she received the Jerry Unitas Sportsmanship Coach of the Year Award. That award is selected by the West Penn Basketball Officials Association. She was also a standout athlete in high school, being named as The Beaver County Times Female Athlete of the Year in 1986.

She is honored to be back in Beaver County as a Hall of Fame inductee, no longer as Dori Anderson, but proud to be Dori Oldaker. She lives in McDonald, PA, with her husband, Mark, and their two daughters (hopefully future basketball players) Taylor (2˝) and Ryan (1).