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.
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).